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Questions from a 4 year old

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by banditgin, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. banditgin

    banditgin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2007
    Boonsboro, MD
    We were sitting and watching our chickens the other day and I was explaining to my 4 year old that we have two females and they are called hens and two males and they are called roosters. And she asked me why. And since I don't know, I figured I'd come on here and ask.

    So, why are females called hens and males called roosters?
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Cuz Mom said so, that's why....

  3. missusduray

    missusduray Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2007
    Northern Minnesota
    Because if they didnt have different names, how would we know which were the boys and which were the girls.
  4. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Yeah........what she said [​IMG]
  5. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2007
    Winston Salem, NC
    I got this by searching for word origins...
    It wasn't exactly exciting like some word origins can be. Anyway...

    HEN: In its earliest form, this word was an ancient German word, khanon, meaning "a male fowl" or "rooster". Khanon gradually developed a feminine version, khannjo, which spawned modern words for a female chicken in several languages: "hen" (English), henne (German), höna (Swedish), and høne (Danish). In most of these -- English being the exception -- a masculine version of the word also arose to refer to "male chickens". In English, "rooster" serves this purpose, a simple derivation of the verb "to roost".
  6. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2007
    Wow... try explaining THAT to a 4 year old.[​IMG]
  7. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. CtlisencedArborist

    CtlisencedArborist Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2007
    Because the Rock said so!

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