Thursday, May 25, 2006

Cockadoodle What?!?!

If I just heard correctly, Xena just attempted to crow while free-ranging in the backyard. Now that is cause for concern because Xena shouldn't be crowing. She shouldn't even know what crowing is let alone practice doing it. If my ears haven't failed me, then Xena is Xander and that's not good. Roosters are not allowed. Well, chickens aren't allowed for that matter, but that's beside the point. Fortunately for us, we have a couple people interested in it, him, if it turns out to be him. Unfortunately for it, dinner will become its new name. And unfortunately for Ginger and Ella, their little family will be broken. It really is a bit heartbreaking because even though Xena has some anger issues, we enjoy having her, it, in the family.


Anonymous Robert said...

Doesn't Xena (Xander) need a better clock?

May 25, 2006 6:46 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Looking at her body shape and comb...I'd say it's a safe bet that Xena is all girl.
Many times, in an all hen environment, the hen at the top of "The Pecking Order" (Yup, that's where that came from), will begin to vocalize, although I've never had one come right out and crow. The head count right now...
Aracauna-15 (80 in the incubator)
Barred Rock-6
Assorted Whatevers-10

May 25, 2006 8:36 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

One of my buff orpingtons is a rooster. I'm going to keep him for a little while, but I have a farm for him to go to (he'll be used for breeding) when I'm ready. I don't know, but yours looks like mine. My girls don't have the really red things on the underside of their beaks, but the rooster most definitely does. And the color is a tip off as well. Nobody else's combs are that bright.

May 26, 2006 10:51 AM  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

I hope she turns out to be female so she can stay. I can't imagine why anyone would not like rooster crowing. I love it.

May 26, 2006 9:22 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

She looks like a hen, though! humm?! Maybe she is confused?! lol

Hugs, Michelle

May 28, 2006 2:59 PM  
Blogger Juli said...

Robert/FC: Because of where we live, I'd prefer that it not have a clock at all. I love the sound of a rooster crowing, but not in suburbia.

Patrick: There was a definite pecking order in place but it wasn't because of the mothering hen, I'm sorry to say.

Meredith: Barred Rocks have red combs, wattles and ear areas no matter the sex. I had to take a close look at the head and feathers to determine the sex, which are secondary determinates. Oh, the crowing helped me figure it out, too. :)

May 30, 2006 10:55 AM  

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