Hi there keepers, as some of you may have been following the Maria saga, well it come to its conclusion yesterday, it had got to the point where we could no longer ignore the obvious signs that maria was and is a rooster. Not having this breed before we werent quite sure, but in the end I think someone who had never seen a chicken before probably would have said boy chicken, so we drove back to the lovely breeder Raewyn, who exchange Maria for Manuella, yes that is the new birds name, as we had been calling Maria, Manuel for the past couple of weeks, we thought it only right that we called the new girl Manuella. She is very different in mood, she was straight onto my lap for a cuddle, and even had a little nap, where as Maria(rooster), would run a mile if you even looked at him. Unfortunately the new chicks didnt except Manuella, as I thought they might, I had hoped they would think it was Maria with a comb and tail trim, but no such luck, Betty(wyandotte) the smallest of the chicks, attacked her with a fuery, maybe revenge for the pecking dealt out by Maria, she jumped on her back and grabbed hold of her comb, and rode her like a rodeo bull. So now Manuella is now living in the bottom of the welsh dresser on the deck, smaller than her previous dwelling but Betty free. Its all going to be worth while as the Minorca chicken is a beautiful bird.