There's Something About Maria

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by thechickenkeeper, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. thechickenkeeper

    thechickenkeeper In the Brooder

    Nov 9, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Hi there keepers, as some of you may have been following the Maria saga, well it come to it’s 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 weren’t 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 didn’t 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. It’s all going to be worth while as the Minorca chicken is a beautiful bird.
  2. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    How sweet! Congratulations! This is just a suggestion, but Manuella is going to get lonely and she needs to be accepted by the others. If it is possible, try to come up with a way for her to be with the others but protected for any abuse. When I do this I use a cage and during the day they see the newbie but can't hurt it. Try this for about a week. Then introduce them again. Even then there will be a pecking order to establish, but there shouldn't be any baby bull riding.

    Honestly, for chickens to be soooo dumb, they can't be fooled when it comes to adding one to their flock.

    Again, Congratulations!! [​IMG]
  3. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Eventually Maria is going to coo, crow and do the baby-do-ya-wanna dance. When he will be only love from there.
    I certainly do find your writing very commical, perhaps a childrens book. lol.
  4. thechickenkeeper

    thechickenkeeper In the Brooder

    Nov 9, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Quote:Thats very nice of you to say so, thankyou Spook
  5. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    You sure Betty is a girl? Sounds like mating...
    Good luck with Manuella

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