Some times farming is like a soap opera; lots of drama. In today's episode, we find someone isn't who we thought they were.
Yesterday, I brought 3 new hens to Cabin Spring Farm. I waited till dusk to settle them in but Donald and Sister were aroused by the commotion. Sister started pecking the first one to enter the coop. John thought maybe she was jealous. Donald put himself between the two and looked like he had things under control. The other 2 went in. There was a little scuffling but then things settled down.
As I approached the coop this morning there was a little more scuffling and when I opened the door, Sister came running out. A few minutes later Donald came out but when the three Rachels didn't follow he went back in. I put some grain out for Sister outside the gate and that made her happier. After finishing the grain she decided to come back to the barnyard but first she stopped on top of the fence and crowed. Yup, she crowed like a rooster. Different than Donald's crow; stronger and louder.
Well, I have been telling myself for a month or so that Sister was looking kind of like a rooster. She had gotten SO large (bigger than Donald) and had a couple of feathers on her tail that were looking like rooster tail feathers. But no crowing. Last fall, one of Little Mama's grown up chicks, laid an egg. The two chicks looked identical until a couple of months ago when the other "sister" disappeared after the dog attack. We don't usually get eggs in the winter so that didn't give me a clue.
When I told John the news he came up with a new name for Sister. John is known for his naming capabilities (ha ha). We now call Sister--- Heshe. I like it. It sounds a little Japanese to me.
Heshe spent the day hanging out near the coop but Donald and the 3 Rachels stayed in all day. At dusk, Heshe waited until the others were settling in for the night and then tiptoed in. John reminded me that we may get 2-5 inches of snow tonight so tomorrow could get very dramatic. Stay tuned.
An aside: The hens are all named Rachel because they were named by a girl named Rachel who wanted to name them after herself. She and John must be related way back somewhere.