Why do a lot of people give their chickens "little old lady" names?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Shannon33, May 17, 2011.

  1. Shannon33

    Shannon33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am NOT judging because I do it too sometimes [​IMG]
    I am just wondering how this all started.
    And my apologies to anyone who has a "little old lady" name, no offense is meant, and besides, a lot of them are quite lovely [​IMG]
     
  2. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    Chickens are frumpy and fussy? [​IMG] I have no idea. But I have an Anne, Catharine, Jane, Rosalind, etc.
     
  3. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    All of my girls have old lady names ( except chuck who was formerly Dorothy. She is a hen, I don't know how she came to be called chuck.) it just seems traditional. Lucy, darla, Agnes, midge, chuck, Peggy, Priscilla, and prudence. Plus the new roo Petey!
     
  4. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Just as humans, chooks also have their grumpy ladies. I must admit I do love the "little old lady" names, though names such as Cluckchick or Bigchick (no offence intended to anyone who favors the name being used a an example), sounds just like a old man's beard you hasn't been washed. [​IMG]
     
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  5. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    LOL....just the opposite here. Only the roos get names unless the hen does something to earn her name. [​IMG]
    And, NO. My roosters do NOT have little old lady names. [​IMG]
     
  6. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like the old lady names. I have a few, they fit. I'm all over the map with names tho'. I choose names for all kinds of reasons, color, behavior as a chick, etc.
     
  7. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    I guess i's a tradition back from the old days. I'm a little more creative, but my mom has a good list of "chicken names" gleaned from the local rural cemetery:

    Ethel
    Irene
    Alta
    Elmira
    Adelaide
    Myrtle
    Maud(e)
    Hazel
    Calpurnia
    Hattie
    Henrietta
    Nellie
    Hortense
    Doris

    She has more, but this is all I remember
     
  8. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    Well, I don't name mine common names like Jennifer or Stephanie because I know people with those names. I don't know anyone named Ethel or Bertha. Most of mine end up with names like Lemonhead, Lightning or Shadow anyway since an 8 year old names them. But I do have a roo named Mike after the guy I got him from. [​IMG]

    Besides, those "old" names are more fun.
     
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  9. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
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    Well, if you are naming hens, then you HAVE to have one called Henrietta. And it sort of escalates from there I think. A chicken named Jessica would be just odd! [​IMG]
     
  10. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    really varied here I have a willie and kate and chuck and princess and queenie I also have fragile and pooky and mookie and stinkie this is what happens when grandkids name birds [​IMG]
     

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