OK, all done with chicken chores. Snape was well behaved tonight (maybe he knew I was talking about him!) Observed one "sneak attack" right before bed (grabbed a pullet as she was walking by and surprised her). She shook afterwards, but seemed unsteady for a bit when walking afterwards for a minute - I've seen this with a couple others. Could this be because he's so big?
It was actually cute watching them go to bed (I was sitting in the corner of the coop just watching) - although a bit irritating because they still refuse to roost (despite attempting to relocate them for a solid two weeks) and I fear one day something will get them somehow despite my careful build. They sleep in a pile on the coop/run floor. ANYWAY, what's cute is that the girls all burrow under Snape like they would a Mama Hen, and he patiently stands there letting them arrange themselves as best they can under him, and shelters them all night. Indeed, after she shook it off, the girl he surprised before bed walked right back to him and cuddled up under his chest and between his legs.
To change Apoc's water, I have to go inside his tractor (so, sort of close quarters, which is why I'm paying attention to any hint of aggression). No attack, nothing close.
I think it was the boots, at least in part. Apoc may still be destined for culling, because I can't wrap my head around where he fits in, but if he is well behaved from now on, I'll consider waiting (and he may get a shot at having some CL girlfriends to make hybrids). After all, he's big, and was originally kept as a back up in case anything happened to Snape and/or Tank. I don't have to rush to cull him right now. But another attack will put him in the freezer.
(Speaking of aggressive cockerels, I have a 6-7 week old Cream Legbar boy that has now been witnessed twice pulling a pullet's head feathers and attempting to forcefully mount. I'm not out there all the time - who knows how often it's happening. All CLs are being separated from the girls as soon as I can get another tractor built, and will be culled at ~12 weeks. I have another two cockerels from better parentage coming up and will keep their dad as well. The question is where I put the four Aloha NN boys...)
Does anyone who has to cull a solo NN ever dry pluck? How does that go?
Gotta get the final touches done to the brooder, chicks arriving tomorrow morning some time. If I have a burst of energy, I may also make either ice cream or quiche. I have TOO MANY EGGS!!!!! (How many eggs is it safe to give the chickens a week?)
- Ant Farm