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With or without a flock rooster, one lady always steps up to be the alpha hen.

From her earliest days as a chick, Joan was different and just a tad — well, more than a tad — bossy and aggressive. When my wife Elaine and I would place feed in the brooder where we kept our heritage Rhode Island Red chicks, Joan would charge forward with the little cockerels to eat first.

As Joan grew older, she took to rushing her female flock mates, much in the same way the little cockerels would charge at each other and engage in mock battles. By the time she was 12 weeks old, Joan was the undisputed female leader of the flock. It was around that time that this pullet received her name.

We name all our chickens, and Elaine is in charge of giving appellations to the hens, usually picking some sort of television or movie theme. In the television series Mad Men, which is set at an advertising agency in 1960s New York City, Joan is the undisputed head of the secretaries. Tall, busty and red-headed, no female in the firm dares to mess with her or question her regal demeanor … and the males walk lightly around her, too.

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