Dominique, my dominecker, is unlike any of my other hens were. When I bought her, she laid one egg in late August or early September. Then, she took the winter off. The Rhode Island Reds gave me about 4-5 eggs even in the darkest part of the year in freezing weather.
She is the only hen of mine that has crowed. But, she is the only hen exposed to crowing roosters. I think the exposure makes the difference. She has been crowing for several months and has yet to improve or become louder. She still sounds hoarse. She is tolerable as to noise she creates.
Today, she had her first watermelon. At the market today everyone was packing up by the time I arrived. This half watermelon with a few cubes cut was next to go into the truck or trash. When I asked the woman what they were going to do with it, she asked if I wanted it. "Yes, but for my chicken."
Dominique was eager as I put it down, removed it from the bag and pulled a paper towel and another bag from underneath it. Of course, I am slow, plus I was trying not to end up covered with watermelon juice. She tentatively moved her head toward the red meat, then withdrew only to try again. When I left her, she looked joyous as she ate her watermelon. Of course, she had to move a chunk into the dirt and roll it around before it was "seasoned" to her taste.
At the market a guy had a basket of foot long zucchini, too long for my taste. However, I wanted to shred some zucchini to make a chocolate zucchini cake and also to use instead of pasta in spaghetti. I requested 10 in order to make it $5 worth of zucchini. He gave me all fifteen zucchini for my $5. Plus, I got lemonade for $1.
Although I don't arrive late on purpose, arriving late has its benefits. People are ready to reduce prices. I never ask for a reduced price. They offer. I tend to find a few people and produce I like and just never buy from other people. Walking the length of the market is difficult. So, this works.
So, today saw another $6 well-spent.
Do you have hens that crow? Do you have a hen that crows that has never been exposed to a rooster? Do you notice differences in personalities? What hen you have is or was the quirkiest? Did you find good buys this weekend at the store or a farmer's market.