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This morning I found the roo `setting' an egg in the cat litter pan we keep filled with sand/DE in the coop (for days like this 8F).  I'm not sure which girl laid it, but it's a first for us and now that I've found out something about it, I'm very suspicious of the roo smile

Below, from left to right: Royal Palm/`Cock egg'/average Sex Link egg/Store bought model.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c331/IvanIvanovich/Cockegg2.jpg

Below are a couple of links to more info about these (have other names...) and lots of stuff about eggs in general.  For those of you who already know about the origins of `cockney', my apologies.

http://www.poultryhelp.com/oddeggs.html


http://www.mystical-www.co.uk/eggs.htm

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Did you know that the word 'cockney' is Middle English for 'cock's egg'? It is thought to stem from the fact that country folk believed at one time that townsfolk were malnourished and lived mainly on cock's eggs. Of course cockerels do not lay eggs but the townsfolk were thought to have eaten the white lump which could be found inside the cockerel which resembled a small white egg, and hence their poor reputation.


Never knew that! If you say cockney to me, I think of a cockney person - to be cockney, traditionally, you must be 'born within the sounds of the bells of Bow Church'. There's a fact you'll never need to know!

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Helena, thanks for filling in the little lower layer (to quote Melville whilst maintaining a chook theme).  This daft yank never thought of cockney as being more than an accent not often heard in the House Of Lords. 

I like your site!  Your reading list, and information about battery hens reminded me of another site (found while searching out a biography of Sir J.Sebright /they list one).  I expect youre familiar with it (your bailiwick), but some folks might not be.  The blog has links to the site and the books are listed under `equipment???

http://domesticfowltrust.blogspot.com/

All the best,

John

P.S. quote is from link smile


Edited by ivan3 - 2/2/07 at 10:41pm
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OK, I'm totally confused.   What's a roo doing anywhere close to an egg?   I've never had a rooster, so I don't know a thing about their behavior relative to eggs.

So, what does it mean when a roo is setting an egg? 

Ivan, you said, "I'm very suspicious of the roo".  Does this mean you think he is maybe a she?

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Our roo was probably just trying to entice another one of the hens to lay her egg in that location and I walked in on the wooing (roos do this as a matter of course).  Roos call the girls to food, let `em know where there's a good place to nest, etc.  But, one of our Red Sex Link hens has spurs and crows.  This is apparently not all that unusual (Helena posted a newspaper clipping of an `intersexed' chicken over on EZ - maybe she'll post it here).  Apparently, if no roo is present, the hen on the top of the pecking order will often start `going roo', i.e., behaviorally.

Anyway, my tongue, as usual, was firmly attached to my cheek when I accused the roo.  I IDed the egg as a `cock egg' instead of a f**t egg owing to our format (no questionable words!).

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Apparently, if no roo is present, the hen on the top of the pecking order will often start `going roo', i.e., behaviorally.


Wow, that wouldn't be good.   I'll make sure that my hens see me as top roo so non of them start getting gender identity problems.

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