Uh Oh, Tuco!
An Introduction to Our Favourite Hen

Over the course of the next couple of weeks I’ll be introducing you to all of our hens.  One by one, you will learn about each and every one of them.  I’m starting this series with one of our favourites.


This is Tuco.



Tuco learned a trick!

6 a.m. in the middle of a residential neighbourhood. Where normal people have a dog.  Or a pet fish. Not a Rooster.  Oh my God.

To be continued …


My site was down on Friday due to technical difficulties … if you weren’t able to read the hilarity of  Friday’s  post, here it is again.  


  1. Dani says:

    Apparently if you have hens together with no roosters the hens can learn to crow – happened twice to a friend of mine with urban chickens. She had to get rid of them both!

  2. kelliblue says:

    sounds like a nice dish of Buco de Tuco is in your future. :-\

    I once lived in a neighborhood, that, while very nice, butted up to a neighborhood that…wasn’t. Lucky me, my bedroom overlooked a house that had chickens and one very timely rooster. Now I have never been a morning person–I get up at the crack of noon on weekends. So I was a zombie after a few weeks, and ended up breaking my lease just to get out of that place.

    Henny Penny’s one thing, but soft-spoken roosters ain’t!

  3. Amanda says:

    LOL! Tuco says: Surprise! We have a Silver Laced Wyandotte rooster that I got from a woman on Freecycle. He has something wrong with his voice, so when he crows, he sounds like he’s laughing…kind of a raspy “ha haha”. The first time I heard him, I almost peed myself laughing :P

  4. Linda says:

    Lol that is so funny. He is beautiful. Love the photo you took of him and the video was fun. My daugthers dogs wake me up at 6 when they sleep over but thank goodness they don’t wake the neighbors.

  5. Antonia says:

    Love it! Soooo funny!!!

  6. Rhonda N. says:

    Did you name her/him after Tuco on Breaking Bad??

    • Karen says:

      Rhonda N. – All will be revealed in the “To be Continued” post. Breaking Bad started up again last week!!! Just sayin’. :) ~ karen

  7. Lynn says:

    Can you keep him or will he get relocated?
    Surely no freezer camp for such a beauty!!
    We have 11 five month old hens and luckily
    they are all still hens! What a dilemma
    you have!

  8. Julie shinnick says:

    Oh that sounds like a baby rooster! How cute!
    oo oooo I know! Get one of those voice changing mikes to hang in the coop! And make him sound like a dog or puddytat!

  9. Evalyn says:

    Having a rooster defines the “pecking order” – without a rooster, the hens can start fighting and pecking at one another, usually with one hen becoming everyones’ target. Fertilized eggs taste the same an non-fertilized. I say keep Tuco – I love the sound of a rooster in the mornig.

  10. Theresa Clarkson-Farrell says:

    Having a rooster in the bunch but not letting anybody actually hook up can increase overall egg production – I’ve heard-
    but how this going to go downwith the neighbors….
    good luck – great pic – we are rooting for tuco

  11. Sharon says:

    Is Tuco standing on a chopping block? Uh oh.

  12. Jen says:

    Hahaha! Reminds me of my “male” cat, Baxter, who suddenly decided to start crying incessantly and climbing the walls for a week while my parents were visiting from out of town. What the…? I had my revenge be getting him, er, her? fixed. We decided “Baxter” would still work for an “it.”

  13. Kim says:

    Will you share your photoshop skills? The photo is REALLY SWEET!!

    What kind of chicken is he supposed to be — really interesting color (He’s too cute to eat)

    • Karen says:

      Kim – I used a Pioneer Woman “Action” and then tweaked it. So really … I have no skill at all. I haven’t had time to learn it yet. But I will. The ocd in me kind of demands it. Tuco is a Columbian Rock. ~ karen

      • Kim says:

        oh my…I didn’t realize such a thing existed. I can’t wait to download and spend yet more time on computer. Oh wait–gotta go feed the ducks. And you think the Chickies are a timesuck –haha

  14. Karen J says:

    I’m thinking that it might be kinda cool waking up to Tuco every morning.
    Don’t you wish I was your neighbour!?!

  15. Marti says:


  16. LOL–so cute!! I love him!

  17. rebecca gostin says:

    Oh my goodness… no, not 6 am! And probably all day long too. So are you going to keep him? or send him to a farm out in the country?

  18. Hayley says:

    So what do you do with a boy chicken? Isn’t he going to turn your breakfast into babies?

  19. Laura says:

    love your photoshop skillz!!

  20. Jenn says:

    Oh no! (Was that the real crow?)

    Didn’t I tell you a while back that you had a roo in the bunch?

    • Karen says:

      Jenn – We were pretty sure from the get-go that Tuco was a boy chicken, not a girl chicken. We weren’t 100% sure until .. well … 6 a.m. last Wednesday. ~ karen

      • Jenn says:

        My neighbors got silkies a couple of years ago. Those are IMPOSSIBLE to sex unless you’re a true expert. One morning I was leaving for work and heard a bona fide crow. Oops. He went back to the farm. :(

  21. Adrienne Audrey says:

    HAHA, All my neighbors have chickens ( I live out in the boonies) Every morning I wake up to at least 3 roosters. I can’t imagine this will go over very well in your neighborhood!

  22. Jennifer says:

    i LOVE her!

  23. Laura Watt says:

    A Rooster! Best present ever!

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