It is summer again which means I don't see much of Human. Pre-dawn, before the sun is very high in the sky, maybe mid-afternoon to fill the water bowls then evening when the sun goes down. Human stays in her coop and leaves us to find a shady respite from the desert heat.
Those cute little Buff Oprington chicks that Human doted over all spring grew up to be huge randy roosters! Both "Jane" and "Nora" tried to have their way with each of us hens. It was a totally new experience for us and none cared much to have it happen. Poor Emma was nearly crushed by the brutes! Zena was the one they went for the most and she would have nothing to do with them. The squawking was awful! Then there was the morning crows. Gad it was annoying!
Good Human pushed all three of the fellas into Dog's cage and took them away, returning with a Red Star Sex-link hen now named Carol. Quite a trade in: 3 19 week old roosters for a laying hen!
Carol - about 24 weeks old one really unhappy wet hen!
Because Carol came from a breeder whose coop was less than sanitary, Human gave her a bath, hoping that Dawn dish soap would kill any body pests that Carol may be harboring.
Zena and Emma have done a fine job of chasing Carol around the yard, keeping her in her place at the bottom of the pecking order. I'll leave them to it. Baker, the last of this spring's batch of chicks appears to about to lay her first egg. She seems oblivious of Carol, as is Dog.
Poor Carol has never been allowed to forage so she's learning. As is Human's way, she is cosseting Carol with daily lap time so that after 3 days, this new hen has bonded with Human. Interesting Chicken Fact
Sex-links are cross-bred chickens whose color at hatching is differentiated by sex, making chick sexing an easier process. Sex-links come in many varieties, few of which are a true breed. One common variety is the Red sex-link (also called Red Stars). Red sex-links are a cross between a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster and a White Rock, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Rhode Island White or Delaware hen.