(What's the Word June 5---Fusion)
I have kept a few hens in the backyard for 15 years or so. They are not only fun to watch, but they provide us with fresh eggs. In the Spring, there are usually more eggs than we can eat, so I'll sell some cartons to people I know. Many people will pay decent money for fresh eggs, but the few dollars I get doesn't even begin to cover the expense of raising them.
This year we had something special happen. Our neighbor's rooster decided he liked our backyard better than his own, and since no one could catch him---not even the dog---we let him stay. All my hens have names. His name is Rooster.
I keep track of a chick's age by how many adult feathers is has. The first feathers to pop up from the down are the wing feathers. Then some wee tail feathers start to sprout.
|Day 2, all down|
|Day 4, wing feathers sprout|
|Day 5, overnight winglets|
|Day 7, look how mature those wings look now|