Cock­erel’s stature could help to at­tract the op­po­site sex

Country Smallholding - - Pen Poultry -

QDo hens al­ways se­lect the big­gest cock­erels as their part­ner?

ANDY SAYS: While the size and strength of a cock­erel can de­ter­mine his at­trac­tive­ness to hens, the size and colour of his comb and wat­tles also play a part. It is said that the big­ger and red­der these ap­pendages are then the more likely the owner will find a suc­cess­ful mate. As a Brahma breeder, how­ever, I find this a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to to­tally ac­cept. As most chicken breed­ers will know, the wat­tles and comb of a Brahma are rel­a­tively in­signif­i­cant, es­pe­cially when com­pared to their size, or to those of a Leghorn for ex­am­ple. Per­haps in­stead it is the funky shapes they cut in the pad­dock when do­ing the tid­bit­ting mat­ing dance? Who knows!

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