We have three Buff Orpington chickens that we’ve been watching closely to see if we can figure out there gender. Jeremy keeps comparing pictures and videos online with our own flock in hopes of identifying a rooster. Or two. Or three. We are confident that our Novagen chickens are ladies, but the Orpingtons have been harder to tell. I’ve been pushing for genetic chicken testing, but Jeremy tells me that isn’t a thing. We’ll just have to wait and see.
This week we had our first “cock-a-doodle-do” confirming that Foster, one of our Orpingtons, is a rooster. But apparently according to the internet, hens can also make this sound. It’s impossible to confirm anything with all the information we keep researching. However, we are fairly confident that Foster is a rooster. He also happens to be one of our friendliest chickens. He is the one who likes to stand on the ramp and either keep the flock in the coop or keep watch over the flock on the ground. While I said no roosters would be kept at the beginning of this endeavor, I’m okay with keeping one friendly rooster who looks out for the flock. If Feathers or Buffy, the other Orpingtons turn out to be roosters, we’ll have to have some discussions. We do not need three roosters, no matter how friendly they might be.
On to chicken names… Foster (the confirmed rooster), Feathers, and Buffy are our Orpingtons. We were supposed to have four Orpingtons and four Novagens, but I think we have three Orpringtons, four Novagens and then one mystery breed. Perch is Owen’s favorite chicken and while Perch (or Perchie) looks more like a Novagen in size, the coloring on Perch is different than the Novagens. Perch lacks the white feathers that the other Novagens have. The Novagens all look very similar. We have one we call Brown Beak because… it has a brown beak. But Brown Beak reminds me more of a pirate chicken and not a little lady, so I’m hoping to call her Brownie instead. That leaves three unnamed Novagens. I would like to name one Nova and Genny, but I can’t tell them apart right now. And that leaves one unnamed little lady. I thought naming kids was hard. It turns out naming chicken is also challenging.
Okay. That was a lot about chickens. But truthfully they are a big part of our day to day life now. We let them out in the mornings. By “we”, I mean the boys and Graham will only go if the weather is nice. The boys check on the chickens multiple times a day and give them treats to earn their love. The flock races to the fence when the boys come over. The boys have been excellent helpers with Jeremy. The chickens have plenty of food, water and attention. And the chickens have proven themselves to very friendly. Foster (our rooster) loves to be petted.
Last weekend, Jeremy went out of town to a men’s conference. Whenever Jeremy is away we fill out days with activity. On Thursday, we met friends at Burger King for lunch and play. Friday was spent with my parents and sister exploring Portland. We tried a new doughnut place called Pip’s. Last year it was Blue Star. I think each year we will now explore a new doughnut shop on men’s conference weekend. We’ve started a tradition. We went to Powell’s City of Books and played a park before doing some shopping. We are stocking up on outdoor toys for a BBQ we’re hosting this weekend. I hit the jackpot on yard toys at the dollar bins at Target. I also got a laundry detergent sized container of bubbles! Saturday was a day around the house. The boys bounced between home and the grandparents. Grandpa was burning and Owen was determined to be his helper. He felt ownership of the project since he had helped my parents limb the trees and make the piles to burn.
Now we’re at Memorial Day weekend. The month of May is flying by! On Monday, we plan on hosting a big BBQ for my MOPS & MOMSnext group. The RSVP list is longer than I expected, but I’m taking that as a good thing and trying not to stress about what everyone will do. We will talk and eat. The kids have bubbles, yard toys and water activities to keep them busy. It should be a fun gathering and the weather looks like it will be nice.
Next week Owen has preschool graduation (even though he plans to go to school through the middle of June). He got school pictures taken this month and his cap and gown picture was the one that turned out the best. I’ve never been one to make a big deal of preschool graduations. I’ve also found the caps and gowns silly for this age. However, as I start to dwell on the fact that his “preschool years” are almost over, I can understand better now how it really is a transitional season. He will be in elementary school in the fall. A whole season of his life is almost behind him. He is no longer a baby or a toddler and soon he will no longer be a preschooler. Yikes!
We’ve been working on our summer plans. I’m excited for all the fun we have scheduled in the near future. We will do a Great Wolf Lodge stay before the end of the school year. We want to hit the water park before everyone else is out of school. Nana & Papa gifted us this trip at Christmas time and we have been patiently waiting for the right time to use it! We can’t wait! We also have a trip planned to see the Redwoods in Northern California and then we’ll spend some days driving up the coast. I’m looking forward to showing the boys some new places. They have never been to California, so they’ll be able to add a new state to the list of places they’ve visited! Woo hoo!
That’s the update for now! I’ll keep you posted on other two Orpingtons and the rooster status. I know you’re on the edge of your seat, just like me!