Ferdie the Rooster

By Free as a Bird · Nov 23, 2015 · Updated Nov 23, 2015 · ·
  1. Free as a Bird
    Hello everyone! I have had chickens for many years, but something that I have never dealt with was roosters. That was, until this summer.

    My dad goes on daily walks with my dogs and one day he saw a black and white chicken walking by the road. It was not one of ours so he assumed it had wandered out of someone else's yard. However, the next day our neighbors called us and said a black and white chicken was sitting on top of her car. My Dad decided to take it home and call around to find out whose it was.

    Sorry about the quality, but this is the first picture I have of Ferdinand!

    When I got home I took one look at the chicken and realized it was a rooster. He was still young, so the signs weren't completely obvious. At that point it became clear why he was wandering on our road. We live on the edge of a forest. Someone must have realized he was a rooster and dropped him in the woods. This makes me so sad to think about.


    We had two options from here. We could try to find a way to get rid of him... or we could keep him. We couldn't bring ourselves to kill him just after we rescued him. So, we decided if he was nice, he could stay.


    Luckily, he was nice! I always knew if I ever got a rooster I would name him Ferdinand. We ended up calling him Ferdie for short. It turns out he was an Easter Egger and a beautiful one at that!


    At first he was terrified of humans. I couldn't get near him. Luckily, he would run away instead of attack me. I read some great articles on this website about keeping roosters and using the advice in these I was able to calm Ferdie down. He would tolerate me holding him eventually and was never aggressive to me or my family.



    Eventually, the crowing became a problem. He was still very young and liked to crow very early in the morning. We found a product called the no-crow collar. It is a product you have to be very cautious with (especially with growing birds), but it let us keep sweet Ferdinand so to us, it was worth it. (I know some people may disagree with this decision, but please be kind.)

    Unfortunately, Ferdinand died a couple months after we found him. We narrowed it down to some poisonous plants in our yard that I saw him in the day before. Even though my time with him was short, I still love Ferdie and I am so glad we could give him a good life!


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  1. SugarPlum
    We so many ordinances do not allow roosters we need more people with a big heart like you! I'm sure Ferdie was grateful for your care & the girls felt safer with him around too!
  2. chicken4prez
    Love love LOVE this story @Free as a Bird ! Thanks for sharing your story! Ferdie sounded like a wonderful rooster:)
  3. silver1polish
    Pretty Roster! i always like hearing about people who rescue animals :)
  4. deserthotwings
    A Beautiful story about a Beautiful Rooster. Roosters are kool and so are you for helping him.
  5. Free as a Bird
    Thank you everyone! It is such an honor to get POW!
  6. chicklover56
    That is a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing! I am so glad that you gave him a new and wonderful life, even if it was only for a short amount of time.
  7. City farm
    Wonderful story, so glad you shared with us all.. We use the no crow collar as well. I tell people it is better than the alternative .. That'll shut them right up.. He is georgious and he look's so happy..
  8. N F C
    Ferdie was a handsome guy, so nice you were able to have him for a while. Sorry for your loss.
  9. sumi
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your chicken pics for the Picture Of the Week. Thanks for posting your chickens to our "My Chickens" pages! You can find more info about our POW here: BYC POW process
  10. TwoCrows
    Aww...how nice of you to rescue him! I am so sorry he is now passed on. At least he was loved right up to the end. :)
  11. Free as a Bird
    Thank you so much hashworld!
  12. hashworld
    Ferdie was handsome and looked so happy. Its really nice you took him in and gave him a couple of months to enjoy and lead a happy life. Sad he died so soon.Good to know you got rid of the poisonous plants.
  13. Free as a Bird
    Yes I have taken care of the plants. The rest of my flock is in a run, but Ferdie was free ranging at the time.
  14. crazyfeathers
    He was handsome! IMHO no crow collars are inhumane, roosters are suppose to crow just like cows are supposed to give milk, or the bee make honey. If crowing is an issue rehoming the rooster would be the best option. Sorry your time with Ferdie was so short hopefully you took care of those poisonous plants, id hate for you to loose any of your other fowl.

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