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post #11 of 17
I just realized you are on the other thread, you polish rooster is going after you.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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post #12 of 17
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When I was staring at the chicks at the feed store in March, the lady standing next to me says that she keeps chickens and asked if I would like to see her farm.  The next day I headed over and she had about 10 different chickens coops with runs attached.  I think she was about 60 chickens too.  Gosh, she was so helpful.  Chicken farmers have been some of the kindest people I've ever met.  As I walked around her farm, I kept thinking how much fun this would be everyday.  They all had their own little societies and troubles and love and fun and cuteness.  As much fun as it has been, there has been sadness.  Roosters just don't get a fair shot at this life.  I wish there was a way to know before they were hatched if they were a boy or a girl.  I had heard that there was a company that had figured out a way to know by the vein pattern while still in the egg but that it wouldn't be available for a few years. 

 

Ahh yes.. Don King is mine.  He's not pecking me.  He's flying in to me.  I hold him almost everyday.  I talk to him and sit with him.  He's inches from my face and nothing.  No pecking.  No aggression.  He could have easily ripped my face off but nothing.  When I turn my back now, though, ya.. if I am to be honest.. I am a bit scared to turn around.  With jeans on, I don't worry he'll hurt me but that he'll then begin thinking of himself as the alpha.

 

Here he is.  He thought flying into a tomato plant was better than me picking him up back in August.  So I thought, picture taking time! 

 

post #13 of 17
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HAHA!  That is you giving me good advice on the other post.  Thank you for your help tonight!! 

post #14 of 17
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Here is Oliver, his brother.  He never leaves the run.  I do believe Oliver is the head rooster.. well it's hard to tell.  Oliver starts the crowing in the afternoon and the other three seem to crow back as if to let him know what the status is with their part of the flock.  Of course, Don is running all over the yard trying to keep up with the little frizzle or the houdans.  They never stick together so they keep him quite busy.  Oliver (originally Olivia Pope) is very benign.  I can just bend down to pick him up.  I have never seen him eat one treat.  He lets the entire flock eat all of them and he stands about five feet away just watching. 

 

post #15 of 17
I had a rooster like your Don, he was too much on my hens, always running up and mating than running away, never took care of any of them, him I did cull, I give all of mine a fair shot, if they don't work out, I gave them a good life, I know there's always more rooster chicks no one wants, some are hard decisions others are not.

Is your second rooster younger, because it looks like a hen.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #16 of 17
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I thought when I took that picture that Oliver was Olivia.  I was convinced she was girl.  The picture is dated and about a week after this picture, he started crowing.  He's very pretty and docile.  He does crow very loud and I can't get any of the crow collars to work on him.  I can adjust the collar which will work for a bit but he is really good at pushing it up with his feet.  I'm thinking of actually buying a collar.  The one on Don and Oliver are both ones I made.  Don's has been working for about a month.  He is unphased.  He just crows like it's not on there but it's very soft.  My neighbors chuckle a little. 

 

To the defense of Don, he actually is really good with the flock.  He's been leading the girls in at night.  Tonight I caught him trying to teach the other roosters how to lead their girls inside.  It was kind of amazing to watch.  I got the apron to stay on Happy today.  She walked backwards for a bit but got used to it and wasn't able to pull it off.  She even laid an egg with it on.  When I put her back outside, she ran to Don.  They are two peas in a pod.  He didn't try to attack me today.  I followed him a bit longer than I usually do.  I was thinking.. I don't think Don wants to hurt me because he doesn't peck my face.  He wants me to be in line with the flock and under him.  What if I had something that I tied around my legs.. like streamers or something.. Do you think that might scare him from trying to go for my legs when I turn around? Or is that just crazy? 

 

I worked on the coop a little more.  Got the coop door working, sliding up and down.  Tomorrow I'm finally going to put the wall siding on.  Once the coop/run is finished the boys will be locked out of the new place until Happy heals. That's the plan for now. 

post #17 of 17
He thinks you are part of his flock and he's in charge, you could carry a broom or a plastic rake to block him and push him away and down, he might after maturing a bit start to leave you alone, just keep standing your ground, and standing confidently, good you are getting that coop ready, it's probably the best course for now.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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