Originally Posted by PD-Riverman
Show this to your husband----tell him you are OK----that old boy in SC has a problem----this is about 30 of my 60+ pens---LOL
I will definitely be showing this to my husband! Awesome!
Originally Posted by microchick
Yeah, the two Welsummer roosters are more funny than anything. Mostly sneaking up behind me and wham, whacking my heel once then running like heck. They know if I catch them it's the walk of shame for them. My big problem rooster is my year old Lavender O. This bird is big and beautiful. Two months ago he decided that it was time to go hormonal on me. He does everything he should not be doing. Namely tidbitting for me then raising his hackles. If I try to walk through him he blocks me and then flies at me. Last night I was in the pen with my muck boots on, thank heavens. I was holding two water containers, empty ones, and when he stood those hackles up, I swung an empty water container at him, and yes, made contact. Didn't mean a thing to him. I kept trying to get him to back up and away from me and finally, after he hit one of my water containers so hard that he knocked it out of my grasp, (I was using them as a shield at this point, knowing the worst thing I could do was concede defeat) I put my foot up hoping to be able to push him back that way. Boy was I wrong. He hit my boot so hard that he penetrated the rubber and left two puncture wounds in the side of my foot. I was done being the nice lady treat giver at that point and grabbed a broom. Let's just say that he's been a perfect rooster today and has a healthy respect for my broom. Except when I was going up into the loft and he followed me around the parameter of the run tidbitting me all the way.
Anybody want a gorgeous Lavender Orpington rooster, with a healthy respect for brooms?
I've got 2 HUGE lavender orpington roosters, and they are the biggest scaredy cats! So yours started this behavior all of a sudden? At what age? Mine just turned a year old. They both move to the other side of the coop when I enter. But if they decide to come at me some day, oh boy! They are very intimidating looking, because they are turkey sized!
Originally Posted by microchick
Yes, LofMc I agree with you 100%. I have a sweetheart of a rooster in the Buff O alpha. My broody's hatch gave us a pure bred son of his and I'm hoping he grows up to be just like his old man. So far he has the same attitude Red had at his age so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Even the two Welsummers for their occasional missteps are pretty good natured roos. This is Larry BIrd's last chance. He's as strong as a young bull and will be dangerous if this last ditch effort doesn't work. Tonight I kept my broom at my side and there wasn't a problem with him. He hates that broom even though all I did last night was chase him with it. There was no question about him staying out of my space.
I do not want my roosters to be lap pets, but co-existence and mutual respect is mandatory. I could have been hurt a lot worse last night if I hadn't been wearing my muck boots. Luckily, the only person who ever enters my coop/run beside myself is my husband and he won't take any nonsense from him either. He's out of chances. Next time it's the freezer camp.
I have a bantam frizzled cochin boy that has been nipping at my boots for a month or so now. He's about to get my boot placed firmly up his beak. I've tried pinning him down, carrying him around, I even caged him alone a few days ago, but he is still very hormonal. Sadly, he is gorgeous, but I think his new son is about to take his place in the flock.
Originally Posted by Morrigan
Update on my broody.
At around 6 p.m. last night when I went to check on her she had moved so that she was no longer sitting on the nest at all, but sitting about a foot away. She was still puffed up and acting broody. The eggs were still warm.
She has brooded twice for me before and never acted this way. I did three things different this year. First, I moved her out of the main coop into an adjacent brooder. I think she never did like that . Second, I periodically forced her off the nest. Because she was in her own space I could see after 3 days that she wasn't getting off to do business. Third, I gave her eggs that had already been incubating 5 days. Maybe their development felt wrong? Or maybe she's just a lousy broody. Two previous "hands off approach" broods had been characterized by soiled nests, rotting eggs, poor hatch rates 3/8 and 3/10 (to be fair an egg or two in those clutches were duds) and a seriously thin, poo-encrusted mother who could barely walk by the end.
I feel like I just can't do right by this hen. I didn't know what to do with those abandoned eggs. I candled them and correctly ID'ed one as a quitter. The rest I just couldn't tell -- They had big air sacs and I could still see some veining. I couldn't tell if I was seeing movement, or just a floating corpse. They smelled ok. In the end, I decided to put them back on the nest and stand up the the broody right next to it and see what she did. She tottered back on to them. She was still sitting there this morning, now day 21.
I have chicks hatching in the incubator right now. My plan is to put them under her tomorrow if her eggs don't hatch and hope she adopts them. As I said before she was a great mother.
On English Game Hens
I did a search -- what beautiful birds! Some of the reviews I read said they can be very aggressive. Anyone find this to be true?
If I can every get some honest-to-goodness broody hens I hope to become a regular here.
My broody Old English Game Bantam, and her sister by her side.
So far, it appears that sis steps in when the main girl wants a break.
These are my favorite birds! Sweet as pie. Even the boys have never been aggressive, except for one occasion when I carried feed in with a RED scoop. Oh he did not like the RED. He went for the scoop, not at me, but he doesn't mind the clear scoop. One day, hubby fed them, and said the little rooster came at him. I said "let me guess, you used the red scoop?" He said yes.