Originally Posted by MButerbaugh
Well, she doesn't quite stick to the nest like I imagine she should, we put a fake egg in there for her so I'll be watching! Mr green jeans and I had to have a little chat this evening.... I tried to pick him up and he was less than thrilled, needless to say I won. I don't want him to think he doesn't have to listen to me... Lol he really is a sweetheart with the girls. So far, so good! He's a nice addition to our family. He and the dog had a little songfest day 1 - he'd crow, she'd start barking, causing him to crow, etc. I missed it as I was at work but my friend who was staying with us told me all about it! Lol I haven't seen him in the nest boxes, but I've quite enjoyed his performances out free ranging with the girls! It's been fun.
Fingers crossed on her going broody!!
If Mr Green Jeans gives you any tude just pick him up and carry him around for a while.... once he knows his limitations he should cool his jets a bit. Probably wouldn't hurt to let the kids do the same once you have him caught, so he knows they are also above him in the pecking order!! The only time I can think of him causing trouble would be if you were trying to pick up a hen and there was a lot of squawking going on... that would probably cause him to at least posture, but even then he should back down from you. Another thing for you to do to reinforce your position is that when he is out in the yard just slowly walk to him and make him give way to you, do this a few times just to remind him that you are bigger and the one really in charge. I never 'chased' him in the process of doing this, but did make him give way 3 or 4 times before I walked away. I figured since I saw Grayson do it to him once in a while then it wouldn't hurt for me to do it to!! LOL
He is a joy to watch with the hens, he certainly thinks he's hot stuff and the bestest provider ever!! LOL
Thank you for the congrats... we were very happy to make everything official after waiting for so long!!