I just have to reiterate how incredibly impressed I am with the cockerels/roosters of this breed. Today I opened the coop door belonging to my smooth and frizzled Easter Eggers (18 weeks old) so they could free range with the rest of my flocks for the first time. It was stressful! I have some Dorking mixed hens that have proven surprisingly mean, and they immediately descended on my EEs and began to terrorize them all.
Then came my breeder Bielefelder cockerel, Hansel. I watched in amazement as he rounded up all of the EEs, walked them calmly back into their coop, got all of them to quietly feed, and then began escorting them in groups to his favorite parts of the yard. He was more assertive with my EE cockerels than with the pullets, but incredibly gentle with all of them overall. And when those Dorking girls started moving in for another attack he firmly let them know he'd have none of it. He called over some of the other older girls in the yard, Australorps and Barred Rocks, and had them form a secondary barrier of protection around the EEs as they gradually began to explore. It was really impressive!
LOVE this breed!
DesertChic, your Hansel sounds AH-MA-ZING. we would love to have offspring of his- perhaps his wonderful qualities might show up in one of them! Do you by any chance sell hatching eggs?
Edited by eyralis - 11/11/15 at 10:30pm