Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Red rooster plastic toy
Our Plastic Rooster
Someone took it seriously when they set out to make a "red rooster." Our 2-inch plastic toy rooster is about as red as it can be! The plastic is moulded into nice detail showing the feathers, beak, legs, tail, and of course, the bright red comb and neck wattles. It stands on a small platform and would be great fun for a miniature farm, model train layout, school project, farm diorama, or used as a toy or collectible plastic animal. Check out our other rooster and chicken toys and gifts.
A rooster is a male chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus). We're all pretty familiar with this barnyard animal - he's the one with a bright red comb on the top of his head, a fine, strutting attitude, and a voice that wakes people up at the break of day with no alarm clock to set! Most of us are less familiar with roosters than we were a hundred years ago when more people lived on farms, and yet I think we would all recognize this fine-feathered bird! A rooster, is also called a cock or chanticleer, with the female being called a hen. Immature male chickens of less than a year's age are called cockerels. The oldest term is "cock," from Old English coc. "Cock" is in general use as the name for a male of other species of bird. The rooster is territorial and jealous of other roosters; he guards the area where his hens are nesting, as he can't guard each one separately, and he will attack other roosters who enter his territory. During the daytime, he often sits on a high perch, usually 4 to 5 feet off the ground, to serve as a lookout for his flock. He will announce the presence of predators with a loud vocal cry. A rooster starts his typical morning crowing by the age of about 4 months. He may sit on fence posts or other perches above the level of the ground to survey his area and proclaim with loud crowing that this is his territory. Although roosters often crow at dawn, they are not limited to this hour. They'll crow at any time of day, and the volume of the call can be quite surprising. Some roosters crow a lot more often than others, depending on the breed ane personality. A rooster can also make clucking noises, similar to those made by the hen. Sometimes he will even cluck to draw the attention of his hens to a source of food (bugs, plants, grain). Roosters figure in many stories and older tales because of their dominant and sometimes quirky personalities. When my own grandmother was a girl, they lived on a farm with no indoor plumbing. This was fairly common at that time. The family had chickens, and the rooster was so aggressive that her brother was afraid to go near it to get to the outhouse. But my grandmother was about as spunky as that bird, and she wasn't afraid of him. When her brother needed to go to the outhouse, one of their parents would call out, "Lillian, go chase the rooster!" And she did. Her brother got past the aggressive bird, and everything was fine. Of course, my grandmother loved telling that story for the rest of her life!