Thursday, January 31, 2008
The rooster and his wife
I have mentioned before that Cliff took pity on the old rooster who lives here and brought home a bride for him, so he wouldn't have to hang out with the cattle for companionship.
When Rooster first realized he had a lady friend, he did a typical little dance around her as though to claim her as his own. In fact, he danced several times. Sadie got a little close to the hen, and Rooster attacked, having become protective all of a sudden. Well, he would have attacked, except that Sadie moves fast.
But we never actually saw the chicken-marriage consummated.
"Just my luck," said Cliff. "I went to all the trouble of bringing a hen home, and he's impotent."
This morning it occurred to me that since hens don't lay eggs in winter, perhaps chickens don't have relations except during breeding season; that would make sense.
Using my handy-dandy Google, I found out that this is indeed a fact, and I quote: "Through the winter, poultry have no interest in breeding. There are sound biological reasons for this because, in the wild, the cold weather conditions and general lack of food would mitigate against it. As spring approaches and the day length increases, it is a different scenario."
You'll find the article HERE, although I doubt anybody except Kelly in Georgia will be interested. There's more than you ever wanted to know about a chicken's love life.
So I guess when the days start getting longer, Mr. and Mrs. Chicken will at long last have a real honeymoon. And Cliff will no longer have to bear the shame of owning an impotent rooster.
Now playing: Nancy Griffith, Iris Dement - Ten Degrees And Getting Colder