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Old 08-20-2007, 04:47 AM
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The chickens have come home to roost!

I just got word that they've been picked up. The SO is waiting for my arrival at home to do the transferral from the cardboard boxes to the temporary wire cages (all bunny domeciles) we have waiting.

She says the blonde and the red are both pretty mellow, but the barred Plymouth Rock is the feisty one. I'm not surprised. She's the biggest of the flock, too. I fully expect her to be the top of the pecking order when all the dust settles. We'll have to see, though - these birdbrains can fool ya.
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:56 AM
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I can't wait to see photos of the ladies!
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:12 AM
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Heh...I was going to rush home and take pix so I could post them up. When I mentioned it, the SO gave me the hairy eyeball and shook her head. She noted that the girls will have a harrowing day, what with rubberneckers all day, then being manhandled and cooped in a box, manhandled again to end up in a very strange place....they didn't need flashes in the dark. Nor did the neighbors deserve all that late night cackling.

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So...I guess you'll have to wait until tomorrow.

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Old 08-20-2007, 03:30 PM
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What, no seagulls?

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Old 08-20-2007, 04:10 PM
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It's tomorrow! :hyper:
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:53 PM
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Resizing...

And...

tres chicas malas:



Individual mugs to follow.
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Chicken pics!! :bgirl:

They are pretty struttin their stuff in their tony ankle bracelets.
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:29 PM
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Well...

While we're waiting for the individual mugs to resize, the three are all products of 4-H projects where young folks raised and sold their animals. We tried getting ahold of a Buff Orphington, but the ones that were for sale were already sold by the time we got there. I suspect that the ginger colored cross is part Buff.

So... They are

a barred Plymouth Rock - the salt and pepper hen

a golden Sex-determined Cross - the ginger hen

a Rhode Island Red - the auburn hen

At this point, with just about an hour of interaction, it seems that the Red is the low chicas on the pecking order. I haven't figured out the Rock or the Cross, yet. The Cross is the most obviously dominant over the Red, but won't peck the Rock. I've not seen the Rock peck either of the others, but she seems to have feed privileges from the Cross.

Chicken politics...
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:38 PM
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Pretteh! So pretteh. :squee:

Also, chicken butt!!1 :happydance:
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The barred Plymouth Rock - Let's call her 'Rock' for the duration



The Rhode Island Red - Let's call her 'Red'



The golden Sex-determined Cross - let's call her 'X'
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:58 PM
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X definitely has that fabulously broad Buff chest. I think she's my favorite. :squeezle:
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:27 PM
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What is a sex-determined cross? It looks pretty female to me. Does it only lay one gendered eggs?
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Good lookin' birds! I wouldn't fuck with X. X looks like a Bertha to me.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:31 PM
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Heh... X and Rock had a little run. I'd decided to move them to the hutch, since they seemed to be getting along tolerably well and when I opened the doors of the impoundment, Red came right to me. The other two hung back. So Red got unhindered access to the food as the first one in the hutch. Then, in order to make it easier to reach them, I was taking off the cardboard roof, now sodden with puddle filler, and the unlatched door popped open....the Rock was out in a flash, shortly followed by X. I tried to catch them, but in my slippers in slippery wet muck and getting wetter with the rain, I went in and got a hat and muck boots. I managed to lure X with food, but the Rock was having none of that...so the chase was on. 'Round the back of the shed, turn and head toward the front. So...a strolled on up and made sure the front gate was closed. Then I came back and closed the back gate. The Rock played dodge'm around the 'mater patch and then broke for the rose garden. When I followed in pursuit, she went under the balcony. I was dreading this.

Muttering to myself in the rain, I started the process of closing access to under the balcony. By the time I'd finished the section, I figured she'd wandered to nearby. Sure enough, she was standing on the top step of the back steps into the kitchen, looking like she was determined to get in. Approaching this from the far side, near the grape arbor, she fled, as expected to the basement stairs....trapped in a concrete hole. Thus, the first henbreak was foiled.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:33 PM
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Good lookin' birds! I wouldn't fuck with X. X looks like a Bertha to me.
Actually, Red seems to wish that X would quit fucking with her.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:34 PM
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Red reminds me of a Saundra I used to know.
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I think Buffy would be the perfect name for X. :aww:
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What is a sex-determined cross? It looks pretty female to me. Does it only lay one gendered eggs?
Y'know...I don't rightly know. I assumed that it meant that the "look' of the chicken was determined by the cockerel of the cross...but it could mean that the female gender was determined by the cross (I don't know how that could happen), or something else entirely. Maybe liv knows.

Lone Ranger probably does.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:42 PM
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So far ~

X : 'Buffy', 'Ginger'

Red: 'Emma'

Rock: 'Hester', 'Freckles'

Sorry, Chuck, but "Saundra" was culled by higher sources.
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I asked my dad, and he said they're called sex-determined because the males are bred to look different from the females from birth, so you don't need to hire a specialist to sex them.

His company had a variety where the males had a white spot on their head. Other breeds have different colored feathers, or different numbers of primary feathers.
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I asked my dad, and he said they're called sex-determined because the males are bred to look different from the females from birth, so you don't need to hire a specialist to sex them.

His company had a variety where the males had a white spot on their head. Other breeds have different colored feathers, or different numbers of primary feathers.
Ya know, as being lazy goes, that's awfully complicated. :D
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I asked my dad, and he said they're called sex-determined because the males are bred to look different from the females from birth, so you don't need to hire a specialist to sex them.

His company had a variety where the males had a white spot on their head. Other breeds have different colored feathers, or different numbers of primary feathers.
Thank you! I really would not have guessed that was the answer, since I associate the phrase "sexual dimorphism" with that sort of thing. But of course, chickens are already sexually dimorphic, so they probably had to come up with a different term for that.
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I actually thought it meant the opposite just from the wording: that the sex determined what sort of hybrid it was. I know, I know... That makes no sense. :blush:
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