Another discovery I made later on was that hens tend to gang up on a lone rooster when they're all still on their growing-up weeks. Then when they reach adulthood, the tides change! It's the rooster then that throws its weight around, dominating the females come mealtime and shooing them away to have most of the rice to himself. What a bully. I'm not sure if these are the rules of the game in the world of chickens, but it's what I saw among the three that made our yard and garage their home for over a year.
I never really got to be "friends" with them because they seemed to always be scared by my mere presence. So, all that I learned about chicken life I learned from a distance. Pretty soon they had to be given away when the moving truck came. There would be no room for feathery animals in the new place we now call home.
Here's something about chickens that I saw in an interesting blog called The Daily Brouhaha, with some additional parts from The Gathering.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.
ANDERSON COOPER-CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road...
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.
JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.
VOLTAIRE: I may not agree with what the chicken did, but I will defend to the death its right to do it.
CAPTAIN KIRK: To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.