Hello, I am new to this page. I just got my first chickens last spring and have been going to this sight for questions ever since. I have a few questions that I have not been able to find so I decided to join and ask for myself.
I have 5 hens and 1 rooster, I use to have more, but due to my coop and where I live I was having problems, but that is fixed now (I have a coop and run, fairly big. Its probably 30-40 square foot and I can walk through the entire thing). I have normally gathered the eggs every evening when I got home but lately due to crazy work I may skip a day of going and gathering eggs. I read that it was not a big deal to let then sit in the coop for an extra day. Please let me know if this is not okay, That is my first question. So since I have been missing a day of going to the coop here and there it seems like the rooster is getting a little on edge. Every time I enter the coop he hopes up on this little ledge and looks at me funny and I feel like he is puffing out his chest but I really cant tell? So today, I went to gather the eggs, and while I was in the coop he kind of hoped up and tried to claw my legs? My natural reaction was a shoo with the boot and I said knock it off nothing too dramatic though. So my second question is is why did he do that? Is it rooster-hormones? I have been wearing a different type of pants to work, did he not like those? Im the only person to ever take care of them so I dont see why he would have done that. My only logical thought is because I have been skipping nights here and there and maybe he doesnt like that?
If someone could help me out, that would be great. I dont every hold my chickens, never really have, so hopefully that isnt the problem. Thank you in advance.