Buck was a surprise. We picked up six EE chicks that were all supposed to be females. After a few weeks, it was obvious that one of the chicks was larger than the others. It wasn't until a month ago that I knew for sure that he was a rooster. These are the first EEs I've ever had, so I didn't know what to expect. My wife was mad and wanted me to kill him because she doesn't want any roosters, ever. I think it is kind of cool to have a rooster, especially because I lost my favorite barred rock hen last year to a neighborhood cat that killed her in broad daylight. Hope Buck uses those spurs he's growing on that cat.
The good thing is my wife can't say I defied her wishes. It was just an error at the hatchery in the sexing, so I'm covered. :-)
I'm amazed by how beautiful he is. His feathers are so intricate. These pictures don't do him justice.
He's only 17 weeks old, but he's already larger than my 3 year old BSL hen. We've got two 25 week old cuckoo maran hens and two 25 week old buff orphingtons hens. They and the BSL are really mean to him. When is he going to step up and be a man, er, I mean rooster? Enough of this hen-pecking already!