|Maggie in a mellow mood|
Needless to say, Irene responds as fast as she can. Most of the others make their way over too, leaving Fizz wondering where all his girls have gone.
I wonder if Maggie has finally remembered that she was expecting to have chicks around her by now, and has decided that the other girls will make a good enough substitute. There is another explanation. Last week she did Fizz's job for him and protected the flock from a lone dove (see In a fowl mood, 12 July). Maybe she's decided that by also taking over his task of indicating where food is, she'll be well on her way to becoming an honorary cockerel. http://sciencefocus.com/qa/can-chickens-really-change-gender makes interesting reading on that subject.