Originally Posted by lalaland
Originally Posted by Mistahbue
Sounds like several of us have randy roosters. I don't have the cajhones to cull him myself but he's going in the pot for soup, one way or another. I've got hens hiding from him now - spending most of the day pretending to be dogs\cats and staying in their house or burrowing up in the hay bails. Dang rooster.
Scandia - I'm glad your Momma is okay. Good for her giving him a taste of his own medicine.
mistahblue, you probably already know this, but roosters are the worst their first year or so. It also helps if the hens, or at least some of them, are older because they will usually help socialize the rooster a bit.
If they are always hiding from him, you could always throw him in a separate pen for awhile, or even let him free range to give the girls a break til you can get him culled.
I am lucky with ralphie's roo because he seems calm (but that can change as he is still young) and the older girls give him a pretty good chase. He likes the silkie alot, but she is able to get him to back off. Dang, I have to get that rooster a name. I think the problem is I am stuck on "finnegan", but can't use it because it was the name for a boy that my daughter would have used if Olivia was, well, Finnegan.
Thank you - I too was spoiled by Ralphie's Roo Ole' - I miss that guy. :( He could have kept Rusty in line.
Right now it seems that only Gracie, my SB(LO), is the one hiding in earnest. I've decided when I moved the birds to the chicken palace (hooray we got it insulated yesterday!!! Now just a few more tweaks on the hardware cloth and their enclosure will be complete) that I'm putting him and the other roos in one of the houses outside the enclosure. He bred Gracie this morning and when he finished she literally ran as fast as she could and burrowed up into a hay bale and hid her head. I gave her a bath Saturday -- she still has what looks like to me - to be loose poop -- it's white and sticks constantly to her feathers. Another round of the wazine but I've not seen an actual worm in her poop yet. Anyway I bathed her - just warm water bath in tub - then blew her dry and set her up in a tall bin for the night. I'm dang near tempted to buy a set of chicken diapers and let her stay in the house - but the Doxies would be trying to eat her for lunch..
Any notion on the poop? It's formed like healthy poop - I just can't figure out the poopy butt. No body else has a poopy butt.
I'm paranoid too because Gracie (Rusty, Loretta, and Jade) are the remaining chickens from the batch I got where I lost 4 to roundworm in the brain. Gracie's boyfriend was the last death from it -- he was showing same poopy butt and no amount of worm meds helped - but of course the worms were already in his brain. :(
I've found a link to poulty medications - just wondering if anyone else has a preferred wormer? Does anyone use copper sulfate? I've read mixed reviews so now I am confused about it.