Hey There, Hot Stuff — 2017 Is The Year Of The Fire Rooster

Chinese New Year is almost upon us, and this year will be the year of the Fire Rooster.

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The Fire Rooster is not its own species, but rather a sort of sub-type of the rooster personality under the Chinese zodiac. Fengshui Web describes the Fire Rooster thusly:

"The Fire Rooster is an extremely strong willed and proactive person. They have many leadership qualities and are excellent organizers which is always visible in their workplace. They have the ability to go very far in their workplace as long as they are able to overcome their shyness."

We'd like to take this time to make the case that roosters are an under appreciated, cool, and yes, even cute animal.

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You can tell a rooster (a male chicken) from a hen (a female chicken) by its more colorful plumage. Roosters typically also have larger "combs" on their head than hens do, as well as a "wattle" beneath their beaks.

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Just like their female counterparts, roosters cannot fly in the traditional sense- they won't cover much ground. However, they can fly just enough to make it over a fence or into a low tree.

Roosters will forage for food, and when they've found it, they'll "announce" it by making a sound like "took, took, took." This noise signals the hens in his flock that food is available. However, if the hens already know that there's food around, they won't pay attention.

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Plus, as we all know, roosters make the coolest sounds!

Happy Year of the Fire Rooster!