I cooked up one our chickens yesterday. When the girls saw me take the chicken out of the freezer, there were all kinds of comments from them:
"Is that Buster?"
"Are we going to cook him for dinner?"
"I'm not going to eat him!"
"Make chicken nuggets!"
Youngest didn't want to eat any chicken, so I didn't force her to try any.
Middle took a bite of the drumstick and then passed it to Oldest, who ate both drums.
Middle wanted ketchup with her breast meat.
It was good, I think I could have seasoned it a little bit more.
I took the bones and thighs that no one ate and made chicken broth.
The girls kept asking me what I was cooking because it was smelling so good!
I got 2 quarts of broth from this and already used part of it for dinner tonight.
The Hens have been busy girls lately! So far we have collected 10 eggs, 3 alone this morning! The Buffs must be laying in the coop after all, since there are only 2 Speckled Sussex hens and from what I understand, they only lay one egg a day.
They really are pretty birds.
This breed is very friendly and the girls are always holding them and petting them.
I would get Speckled Sussex again, and the roosters are handsome fellows.
Rhode Island Red rooster.
Look at that impressive comb!
I think I should have named this one 'Mr. T.'
The boys have settled down, and they aren't so aggressive towards the hens anymore.
It was getting a little rough, and some of the hens would have bloody combs where the roosters grabbed them with their beaks to mount them.
Either the hens have accepted them, or the roosters have calmed down, or both, because now they stay together in a group, with only a few breaking off occasionally.
It's fun having the chickens around and watching their antics and listening to their clucking and crowing. I'm glad I can hear enough to hear them.
Chickens are really easy to care for, and if you can, I suggest you try to get some of your own backyard chickens.