I appreciate your trying to help!
Thanks for the west river link, but my dial-up no longer lets me into links. However, sometimes I can access linked info by going to it directly, so I`ll give that a try.
On the other hand, something has just come up [like I said, I don`t plan this stuff] - I might be taking two or three hens instead of just the tiny disabled one from my neighbors, along with the cockerel. This means I won`t be searching for more reject roosters, my small coop has a capacity for four birds max.
The hens are all older, don`t lay any eggs, which means they are in a general reject category too.
My primary interest is in all rejects or abused birds, no matter what the reason is for their being rejects.
The cockerel has started crowing, YES!!! I LOVE crowing! The more and the louder, the better....
He is also trying to mate with his sisters but getting "knocked down" by Papa Percy, his dad.
The youngster is very mellow though and I don`t mind it at all he is healthy, am just so used to ill and injureds.
Since the neighbors let their hens incubate and hatch some eggs, they don`t want there to be incest. This is why they gifted me with Phoenix, the cockerel, and why they cannot keep him.
About the compatibility between Phoenix and Precious, the disabled hen : he gets along with all the hens and his dad [unless he tries to mate].
Precious is amazing!. Most of her toes are missing but she walks fine and can perch. She is quite underweight although she eats normally and behaves normally too. She sometimes does scary "grand mal" type seizures for about 5-10 seconds, then gets up again as if nothing happened.
I might not have the birds for yet another month, or I could get them delivered on very short notice, depends on my human neighbors at this point.
By the way, those human neighbors are great people. They keep a number of non-laying hens for pets themselves.
My first requirement for the chickens is that they LIKE living with me as companions.
If they show signs of preferring to stay where they were born and lived up to now, I will respect that.
Which of the non-laying hens besides Precious I would choose to keep will also depend on Phoenix, depend on which of them he is most compatible with. I will be carefully watching everyone for their cues. If it is necessary to "try out" several hens, then that is what we will do.