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Old 07-30-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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Transgender Issues

My daughter, Elizabeth, has 3 hens. Lately, 2 of them have developed gender identity issues to include crowing and fighting over the 3rd hen. Also, they have quit laying eggs. How should we handle this? Should we attempt some form of gender orientation or simply accept them as roosters trapped in a hen's body?

BTW, the 2 hens in question are an Americauna and an Easter Egger. As you can guess, we especially want their eggs.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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A tough old bird may require a slow simmer to get it to be tender.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:49 AM   #3
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I recently learned that while hens usually live about 8-10 years, they only lay eggs for 2 years. Our local animal shelter apparently has a ton of chickens in it, because all these hipsters thought it would be a great idea to have fresh eggs, but weren't prepared to slaughter the chicken for meat after it stopped laying.

What I'm saying is, slaughter one chicken out in the yard, and I bet the other two will start laying again post haste.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:26 PM   #4
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consider how cute Hendas would be.....
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:01 PM   #5
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My daughter, Elizabeth, has 3 hens. Lately, 2 of them have developed gender identity issues to include crowing and fighting over the 3rd hen. Also, they have quit laying eggs. How should we handle this? Should we attempt some form of gender orientation or simply accept them as roosters trapped in a hen's body?

BTW, the 2 hens in question are an Americauna and an Easter Egger. As you can guess, we especially want their eggs.
We had an mixed Araucana rooster we thought was a hen because he never developed his tail feathers until we got rid of the dominant rooster. They can be tricky to sex. Could the one hen have been doing all the laying? Eat one of the bastards and see what happens.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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Glatt - I agree totally. Unfortunately, Elizabeth is too tender hearted.

Griff - You might have hit the nail on the head
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:47 PM   #7
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Use Cornell BBQ Sauce and she will forgive you. Grill over charcoal and baste thoroughly.

Yield: Enough for 5 pounds of chicken.

1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup cider vinegar
2 teaspoons coarse salt*
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground pepper
Poultry pieces (half chicken, whole chicken, whole chicken legs,
chicken thighs, and/or chicken breasts)

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:28 PM   #8
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Yeah, if they're not laying, it's time to turn them into soup.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:05 PM   #9
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Maybe you need to stop oppressing them.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:12 PM   #10
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If these were purely productive animals, soup would make sense. But they're not, they're also pets, and I think that keeping them as pets and letting them be themselves, whatever they want to be (cliche-ed though it is) and still loving them as pets, is an important example to set.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:31 PM   #11
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Pets schmets. What are they then? Guard chooks? lol. Even our pets have jobs.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:35 PM   #12
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Time for a bog ole batch of chicken and dumplings !!!
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:56 AM   #13
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Elizabeth has emotional attachments to these creatures. That's what they're "for".

Or, plan B .... get (or borrow) a rooster. Let him strut around acting all, well, cocky, for a week or two, see if that doesn't show those chicks what's what.

'cause we all know that all lesbians just really need a good deep-dicking to set them straight
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:21 AM   #14
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I recently learned that while hens usually live about 8-10 years, they only lay eggs for 2 years.
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Lately, 2 of them have developed gender identity issues to include crowing and fighting over the 3rd hen.
So what y'all are saying is that when birds get past breeding age they get all butch, cut their hair short and start trying to hump younger chicks?

Sorry, was I supposed to put that in invisible font?
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:32 AM   #15
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Yeah I think so.


Now there's going to be an ovary action.
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