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2017 – Year of the Hen ( rooster )


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To most, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster ( male chicken).   To see which Chinese Year you were born in, please click   HERE to see a previous post.

The previous Post also has very useful / interesting information ( for those who would like to know more about Chinese Astrology ) about the 60 year cycle in Chinese Astrology.


Subtract 12 from 2017 to get the last “Year of the Rooster” and this system of course applies to all the other 11 Animal signs, subtract 12 to get the last Animal year.  Likewise you can add 12 to get the next Year of the Rooster, and so forth for the other Animal years.

See what happened world-wide in 2005 –  the last “Year of the Rooster” .

http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2005.htm   2005 was really a “Chicken year”

Chinese New Year in 2017 will start on January 28.  


Did you know 2017  will be the Year of the Red Fire Chicken ??

Because there are natural elements associated with each year in Chinese astrology, 2017 is associated with FIRE and thus with the color RED.  Not only this, but there is a Yin / Yang polarity associated with each year.  Yin refers to FEMALE and Yang to MALE energies, and 2017 is a YIN YEAR  – – –  hence accurately it will be about the  HEN  ENERGIES.  The Yin / Female polarity puts a more “feminine” spin on the year, such as fire for feeding or fire for a passion for looking after others.

The Chicken astrologically speaking is generally about the energies of “righteousness and justice, bombast and logistical efficiency”.  An interesting outlook about 2017 can be found at the link below.


Did you know that compared to the 12 constellations / Star signs in Western Astrology there are at least 60 different “Signs” according to Chinese Astrology?

For example, I am a Water Rabbit, born in 1963 in the Year of the Rabbit in a Water element year.  A “Water Rabbit” is somewhat different to a “Fire Rabbit” etc.  You will find out about the differences and what is meant by an Element attached to an Animal year, by going to the post aforementioned.    HERE  is the Link again.   If you want to work out a quick way to determine whether a particular year is a Yin ( female ) or a Yang ( male ) year and / or what Element  ( Earth / Metal / Water / Wood / Air ) is associated with any year, please consult this Table   HERE  .

Remember that Chinese astrology does not tell the future so much as tell you how the energy with which you are born will mix with the energy of the current year. So, for instance, a person born in the year of the dragon might have a difficult year if it is the year of the ox. That’s because dragon energy and ox energy don’t get along. It will seem an uphill battle. No specific events are predicted – just the general tone of the year, where you will have strength and how to work with characteristics which clash with the energy of the current year. As the old saying goes, forewarned is forearmed.


Back to ROOSTERS.  I must say I was unpleasantly surprised when I googled “rooster” to first find pages & pages about “Red Rooster” and other Rooster (hen) eating places.   Poor chickens.  Roosters are of course male chickens, and hens are female chickens.

Information about Chickens as chickens ( live animals ) not as food can be found at the Link below.


Broiler chickens, or broilers, are a domesticated fowl, bred and raised specifically for meat production. They are a hybrid of the egg-laying chicken.  Every year in Australia alone, over half a billion chickens are raised and slaughtered for meat. Only around 15% of chickens are raised ‘free range’ in Australia (and about half of that is also ‘organic’).

Most chickens eaten by human beings for meat are raised under intensive systems and are slaughtered at 5-7 weeks of age.  In Australia both male and female chickens are broilers.



A capon (from Latin caponem) is a cockerel or rooster that has been castrated to improve the quality of its flesh for food and, in some countries like Spain, fattened by forced feeding. In the United Kingdom, birds sold as capons are chemically or physically castrated cocks.


Did you know that you do not need a rooster for a hen to produce eggs?  A hen will lay (unfertilised) eggs irrespective of whether there is a rooster on the scene or not. All commercial eggs you buy in the supermarket (or any other retail outlet) have been produced this way ie they are all unfertilized eggs. A hen produces the same number of eggs if there is no rooster around than she would if there were a rooster around.

However, the only way you can get an embryo growing in an egg (and chickens hatched from an egg) is to have the hen’s ovum fertilized by sperm from a rooster while it is in the hen’s shell gland. To produce fertile eggs from which you can hatch chicks, therefore, you need a rooster.

Chicken and egg

Why not check out alternative foods to protein?



No breeding of chickens for meat please.

I am also a quadruple Virgo ( according to Western Astrology ).

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