Cock eggs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ivan3, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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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 [​IMG]

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

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    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
     
  2. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: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!
     
  3. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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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 you’re 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 [​IMG]
     
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  4. Nifty-Chicken

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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?
     
  5. ivan3

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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!).
     
  6. Nifty-Chicken

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    Quote: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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