When Laura and Andy go to the Farrell's to tell Timothy that he has won the college scholarship, they find out that he's not home that he's working. So they talk to Bailey instead. When Laura and Andy get ready to leave, they hear some clucking. They go to the shed, and Laura realizes that it's Mathilda, her mother's best laying hen. If you look closely and if you know the difference between hens and roosters, you can see that is NOT a hen, but it is a rooster. Hens have little combs on their heads, while roosters have big ones.