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Lazy cockerel?

post #1 of 7
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Any ideas why my 11 week old cockerel lays down any chance he gets. I've even seen him laying and eating. He's alert of what's around him, he'll get up if he needs to. I've checked him over and don't see any reason why he would need to lay down-feet, legs, body all looks good. He is a fair amount larger than even his "brother" is, could that be why? Any ideas to remedy this? I've included a picture just to show you. He's doing a bit of a sunbathing lean in this though he's in the shadows. Normally he just hunkers down like a hen sitting the nest.


Edited by candemaye - 5/15/16 at 6:18pm
post #2 of 7

Strange, does he get up if you walk near him?

In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Yup, gets up running. He doesn't want anything to do with being caught. I've snagged him a few different times to force a check up on him but see nothing out of the ordinary. Just seems lazy

Just for more info, I have seen him eating feed, drinking, picking at the ground and doing normal chicken things. Just if the flock stick to one spot for more than a couple minutes he plops down until they've moved to far off, then he'll chase them down, do some scratching and then sit back down. There are a total of three cockerels, all the same age. Two Easter eggers and one barred rock. The barred rock has taken the more alert, guard dog role, the other EE is the muscle rounding up hens when needed and this dude, El Magnifico is apparently acting as the mafia boss-sitting on his haunches and occasionally calling out a command lol.
Edited by candemaye - 5/15/16 at 8:13pm
post #4 of 7

Seems just lazy.  My chickens have been doing that in their run lately 

post #5 of 7

It sounds like he is just bottom rung of the ladder with not much to do but hang out and take life easy.   As long as he is eating and drinking I would not worry to much about him.   He is just enjoying the sun.  

I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by Choco Maran View Post
 

It sounds like he is just bottom rung of the ladder with not much to do but hang out and take life easy.   As long as he is eating and drinking I would not worry to much about him.   He is just enjoying the sun.  

What I was thinking, if macho man has it taken over it is okay for him to relax.

In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by chixcoop View Post
 

What I was thinking, if macho man has it taken over it is okay for him to relax.

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