We have a winter weather advisory through tomorrow night and then a wind chill advisory until sometime Sunday. Maybe 3-5 inches of snow or 1-3 inches, they aren't quite sure. I just love definite maybe's. KC is supposed to get close to 8 inches and we are in the I-36 belt that they are saying will get the higher amounts so we shall see. Right now we just have a dusting but the chicken run chain link fence is coated with ice and I was chanting the 'don't break a wrist' mantra as I went out to top off their food and water.
This is why I never complain about hot weather, LOL!
My two guard roosters followed the two brave hens inside before noon and nobody has stuck a beak outside since then. I went ahead and closed up the pop door and took them treats throughout the day but they seemed content to just wait out the weather by occupying their favorite spot on the roost boards.
I do have a bit of a puzzle going on. One of my cockerels from a June hatch is really a bit bizarre. For the longest time I thought he was a she, then she started growing out hackle and sickle tail feathers so I thought, great, another boy. But the other two Buff O cockerels from that hatch are crowing and their combs are more than double the size of my bizarre rooster. He is a sweetheart, letting me pick him up when ever I want to but lately, the young cockerels are starting to want to mount and mate him I think due to his hen like comb and wattles. naturally he doesn't like that at all and doesn't fight with them. He simply retreats to a safe spot and tries to hide from his admirers as best as he can. I usually wind up having to rescue him. The last time he was in the storage area under my nesting boxes with his 'suitor' standing guard outside.
Here is 'Rosie' when he was about 3-4 months old. He started out as a 'Rose' until he started getting his 'boy' feathers but you can see how small his comb is. It is still this size.
This is his half brother Rocky at the same age. Rocky has matured into a moose of a cockerel. Thank goodness he grew out of his gangly phase. I thought that maybe Rosie needed time to catch up with the other cockerels but no such luck. I was talking to my husband about him and he asked me if I was certain he isn't a hermaphrodite. Well no, I'm not certain, now that he mentioned it. I've never seen Rosie approach the hens. Rock and the other half brother, J.R. have, especially the last 2 months.
Anybody have any experience with hermaphrodite roosters/hens, what-evers? I know Buff O roosters mature slowly, but this slow?