It was a fun family Easter weekend, while in the Hatcharium six Gold Laced Wyandottes and a little Lavender Orpington were busy zipping out of their shells.
I’m pretty sure the Orpington is a boy, he displays all the qualities of a natural leader. Chickens tend to conform to stereotypical gender norms, although we have had one or two hens who bucked the trend. Our rumpless Aurcana Sparkles, while still a pullet, used to kick any rooster who tried any funny business with her hatch mates. We thought she was a boy; when she laid her first egg, we had to drop the “Mr.” from her name. She is a fierce mom too.