I've been surfing cream legbar posts to find an appropriate place to post this long-winded question: I ordered four (auto sexed ahem) cream legbar females from My Pet Chicken. They arrived. TWO were cockerels. One cockerel died of natural causes within a day or two. The other, six months old and named Little Big Man, is outside as I type, crowing up a storm. He's handsome as can be but, relative to my three year old RI Red (Big Red) he is quite aggressive with my hens.
Meantime, Big Red died this past month of cancer and the pecking order is in a kerfuffle. The older hens--perhaps in my imagination--miss Big Red. And this little guy is randy and obnoxious. I could deal with that but my three year old Dominique (Ping) is now terrified of the cockerel. Always very social with the other hens, she has separated herself entirely from the flock, spending all her time alone. She molted last month and it's taken a while for her feathers to come back in. A bit of weight loss. So from the top of the pecking order, she is at the bottom. Then two days ago, while out in the rain because avoiding the others, she came running over to me and I noticed a wound on her back. I have separated her from the rest of the flock. She is quite content now. Eating and hanging out in the dog cage, occasionally poking her head out of the screened in porch to see the day. When I put her outside two days ago, Little Big Man charged her. I intervened. When I found her, she was shaking like a leaf. NO signs of interest in rejoining the flock. I, on the other hand, am not thrilled with a chicken so very nearly living in the house with us. She's cute but she's not that cute. Winter is here. Holiday travels and I am entirely heart sick about what to do.
All to say, I'm thinking Little Big Man is not right for us. His two sisters are sweet and beautiful--not that I can get anywhere near them because of him. I live in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. I had hoped to hatch some eggs from him and the two girls but now am not sure I can make it through to spring. I feel a responsibility to the boy but more so to my girls. But how rehome him? And/or how get Ping back in with the rest of the flock without ending up with a dead chicken?
Continuing a long run of bad luck with some wonderful chickens. . . .
Below photos of the beautiful pullets and Little Big Man.