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This is Mister Rooster.




He is just over 3 months old now, and at first we weren't going to get a rooster, but we thought we would take a chance. (We didn't want to end up with a mean troublesome Roo). So far he has been really sweet, jumps on to our laps, and follows us around. About a week after we got him I heard him making a weird screeching sound in the morning, and he would flap his wings. It must have been his whimpy, but adorable, attempt to crow. Sounded much like a squeaky bike tire! I was fine with it though, because hearing a rooster crow was one reason I decided I wanted to try having a Roo.

The sad news is after we added a 5 week old pullet to the flock, he stopped making all sounds in the morning. He gets along with her, and he still flaps his wings at the girls sometimes, but he became silent. He is eating and drinking, so I think he's fine. I am giving him and everyone else some extra vitamins, but I wish there was something else I could do to encourage him to try crowing again. I keep asking him to start crowing again, but I just get a blank stare. Lol..

Just felt like sharing my story. Maybe we'll hear him again sooner or later.

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2 Black Silkies ("DohDoh" "Barney"). 1 bantam Cochin ("Chickie"). 1 Barnyard Mix ("Mister Rooster"). 2 Rhode Island Reds ("Rosie & Ruby"). 2 Wyandottes ("Henny Penny & Ethel"). 1 Barred Rock beauty ("Gracie") 2 dogs, 6 fish, 6 shrimp, 2 frogs.. And 3 animal loving humans. πŸ’œ

(We miss you Pippi bird, Coco, DeeDee, & RooBerri !!)
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2 Black Silkies ("DohDoh" "Barney"). 1 bantam Cochin ("Chickie"). 1 Barnyard Mix ("Mister Rooster"). 2 Rhode Island Reds ("Rosie & Ruby"). 2 Wyandottes ("Henny Penny & Ethel"). 1 Barred Rock beauty ("Gracie") 2 dogs, 6 fish, 6 shrimp, 2 frogs.. And 3 animal loving humans. πŸ’œ

(We miss you Pippi bird, Coco, DeeDee, & RooBerri !!)
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At three-months, he's not even close to his hormones coming in to affect his temperament. His behavior could change radically in the next few months, or not change much at all. That's the thing with cockerels. You don't really know what you're dealing with until you see how he deals with his hormonal surge.

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That's also when you can expect to hear him crow regularly, too. These little screeches you've heard are merely warming up for the main event. With practice, he'll sound more and more like a real rooster.

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Adding the pullet and his ceasing to try to crow could have been merely coincidental, and have nothing to do with each other. Or he may have ceased crowing temporarily because the flock equilibrium was altered somewhat.

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Thanks, yes, I realize he might become a big jerk some day.. That's why I typed "so far" he's been good. Time will tell I know, if he does get mean and chase my daughter and things like that, he will have to find a new home and I will try a different one.

But I'm hoping for the best!
2 Black Silkies ("DohDoh" "Barney"). 1 bantam Cochin ("Chickie"). 1 Barnyard Mix ("Mister Rooster"). 2 Rhode Island Reds ("Rosie & Ruby"). 2 Wyandottes ("Henny Penny & Ethel"). 1 Barred Rock beauty ("Gracie") 2 dogs, 6 fish, 6 shrimp, 2 frogs.. And 3 animal loving humans. πŸ’œ

(We miss you Pippi bird, Coco, DeeDee, & RooBerri !!)
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2 Black Silkies ("DohDoh" "Barney"). 1 bantam Cochin ("Chickie"). 1 Barnyard Mix ("Mister Rooster"). 2 Rhode Island Reds ("Rosie & Ruby"). 2 Wyandottes ("Henny Penny & Ethel"). 1 Barred Rock beauty ("Gracie") 2 dogs, 6 fish, 6 shrimp, 2 frogs.. And 3 animal loving humans. πŸ’œ

(We miss you Pippi bird, Coco, DeeDee, & RooBerri !!)
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Don't just ask him to crow, crow at him! I talk to my head rooster all the time.

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Today I noticed one of my silkies (RooBerri, we thought she was a he and named her Roo..then added the Berri, lol), has a couple of bald patches on the back of her head and neck. Before I go on, I will mention, I DID check for lice and mites thoroughly, she is clean. I have only had chickens since may, so I am still learning.



It is a bit blurry, but there is also another spot lower on her neck. We have 7 bantam chickens, and only one is a rooster, and he is only 6 months old, but I did catch him once trying to do his thing with RooBerri, but she ran away. Maybe she is his lady of choice? I know it is the time of year for molting, and there are a lot of black silkie feathers laying around, bit I noticed some of the feathers are broke off, so I don't think that would happen with molting.

It's ok if these two would have a fertilized egg, because RooBerri is often broody, and I would be curious what the offspring would look like. I will let her hatch an egg in Spring. (I will need to do a lot of reading though, because I have no idea how to oversee that)






He is quite bigger than she is, and my other concern is him hurting her. I know roosters don't have um... "external parts", but do hens get injured from larger roosters because they are bigger and heavier?

Any thoughts and suggestions very much appreciated! Thanks all!

Sara
2 Black Silkies ("DohDoh" "Barney"). 1 bantam Cochin ("Chickie"). 1 Barnyard Mix ("Mister Rooster"). 2 Rhode Island Reds ("Rosie & Ruby"). 2 Wyandottes ("Henny Penny & Ethel"). 1 Barred Rock beauty ("Gracie") 2 dogs, 6 fish, 6 shrimp, 2 frogs.. And 3 animal loving humans. πŸ’œ

(We miss you Pippi bird, Coco, DeeDee, & RooBerri !!)
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2 Black Silkies ("DohDoh" "Barney"). 1 bantam Cochin ("Chickie"). 1 Barnyard Mix ("Mister Rooster"). 2 Rhode Island Reds ("Rosie & Ruby"). 2 Wyandottes ("Henny Penny & Ethel"). 1 Barred Rock beauty ("Gracie") 2 dogs, 6 fish, 6 shrimp, 2 frogs.. And 3 animal loving humans. πŸ’œ

(We miss you Pippi bird, Coco, DeeDee, & RooBerri !!)
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Originally Posted by donraeΒ View Post

Don't just ask him to crow, crow at him! I talk to my head rooster all the time.

Hehehe, I crow at mine all the time, specially when they were first starting to crow. Β Sometimes it seems to encourage them to try their own hand at it. Β 

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So glad I'm not the only who talks to their birds. :D

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