In the Summer we got six chicks from my daughter's friend's brother. Five of them turned out to be cockerels, but fortunately he let us take four of them back (and did comment on the fact that we'd fattened them up nicely so I suspect they were destined for the pot!).
The cockerel we kept had to have a name change from Lottie to Lotto.
Time went on and three of the new hens turned out to be cockerels too, so a couple of days ago we changed them as well and hopefully these are all going to be girls.
Meet Lotto, Bree (four of the original ones were named after Desperate Housewives), Penny, Rosetta, Violet and Octavia :
They're getting on really well together, and a couple of days before they arrived Bree (or maybe Penny) started laying! Yay!
I wish you all the best for 2011, Happy New Year!