By pettits37876 · Sep 3, 2012 · ·
  1. pettits37876
    So, back in early June, this little guy showed up in our yard. We have no idea where he came from.


    We didn't have a coop at first, so he was living in a patch of brush/trees where he felt safe.

    He would follow us around the yard whenever we were outside. Eventually, he started letting us feed him cracked corn right from our hands. Then, one day he let my daughter pick him up.

    So now he sleeps here at night (my daughters boyfriend built this coop for him.)

    As you can see, he's very social as well.



    He's started "singing" while I play guitar. He's fascinated with the noise. Herbert has made himself a part of our world and we're happy to have him around. I'm sure he's the first of many chickens to come.

    At first, we thought he was a Dominique, but now, we're pretty sure he's a Barred/Plymouth Rock. He's a friendly little guy. As soon as he sees us outside, he's right there with us just hanging out wherever we are. Again, we have no idea where he came from, but we're so happy to have him around.

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  1. ChickadeeRanch
    how do you make a article like this?
  2. Butthead1969
    Our Barred Rock rooster Ron, is very friendy.... He is 6 months old and takes really good care of his girls. Our son can hold Ron and the girls and they seem to be so relaxed. Our 9 girls and Ron really seem to enjoy having our kiddo around...
  3. Miracle Chick
    Your barred rock mix might get a bit testy once he's older and has a few hens around him. We were able to keep our barred rock male stay sweet towards us by pushing him off the hens whenever he tried to mount them right in front of us. (Apparently this was his way of testing his dominance against us.) When we consistently do this, he remains his usual sweetheart self.
    It sounds like you got him at the best age to start training him. Once they're full grown, they can be harder to get them to trust you.
    It is nice to see a family take in and care for a stray rooster like this. Herbert is one fortunate and blessed rooster!.
  4. Chickenfan4life
    What a lovely, sweet rooster, and a touching story. Congrats from Chickenfan4life!
  5. Miracle Chick
    As your barred rock gets a bit older, and aquires some hens, he might get a bit testy. We have a barred rock who was the 'runt' of a pack of six cockerels, and for the most part, he is still a sweetie towards everyone in our family. We have had to try and keep him from mounting the hens in front of us, as this is his way of challenging us for dominance. When we started doing this, his attitude went back to his old sweet self, and so far through the years, has remained sweet.
    I have heard that holding them and being around them at the age that you found him, is the best age to begin training them to be tame around you. If you wait till they're almost full grown, then it can be too late to get them to trust you like Herbert trusts you...
    It's neat to see a family take him into their home and hearts like you did. I'd say he's one blessed rooster!
  6. ChickInDelight
    I hope your neighbors love him too.
  7. scratch'n'peck
    Herbert came to the right place! Maybe you will get him a couple of hens soon.
  8. Terryfic
    I have one just like him, and a Buff Orpington too. They were supposed to be females as part of larger a chick order. I suspect someone in the same situation as mine let him go hoping he'd find a good home. Great outcome for that handsome fella!
  9. Chickmama74
    He is so cute! It is good that he found his way to your house!
  10. PNWGirl
    That is a pretty cool story!! Look forward to seeing what other birds you may get to keep him company :)
    Sheila :)
  11. quintinp
    That's a wonderful story. I would say that rooster is a fine Barred Rock/Plymouth Rock. I really think your photography skills show in these pictures. These a Great pictures of a beautiful bird. This story makes me happy.
  12. iamafrarmer
    that is a haert warming story
  13. tdgill
    adorable. I love my roos.
  14. kellysmall87
    He is beautiful! get him some girls and get some baby herberts running around! :)
  15. themadchicken
    Good looking fellow. You should get him some hens, Rhode Island Reds, and have a bunch of little sex links runnng around.
  16. dalepres
    There's my chicken!!!! I want him back!!!
    Just kidding.:)
  17. LukeImAChicken
    Awesome, Thats cool it would be pretty cool to have a chicken like that
  18. kaosnroxie
    adorable story! We have the same looking chicken that we got as a gift. I assumed it was Dominique...But I'm guessing a barred plymouth is a better fit. Thanks for sharing!
  19. Bogtown Chick
    Oh man, I love your Herbert!!! He is beautiful and so lucky to found your Yard. Roosters are so much fun. He loves your guitar playing obviously. Soooo CUTE!
  20. Yay Chicks!
    Great story and he's very pretty as well :)
  21. 1chicken fan
    Nice that he ended up with you and not in someone stew pot, lol. He is a handsome guy!
  22. christyg
    What a great story! Be careful about catching chicken fever like the rest of us...makes you do chicken math!
  23. SupaChickn
    Thats an awesome story. I keep telling my friend, whose kid wants a chicken so bad, that one day one might just walk up his driveway lol. After reading this story I think I will expedite my efforts to get this little boy his chicken :)
  24. ChickadeeRanch
    That is adorable!
  25. cowman1970
    He needs a few girlfriends ;)
  26. BaxterCoop
    He is a beauty! He's such a good looker and very lucky to find a family that loves him :)
  27. pollyg
    Herbert looks very happy with his newly found family. So happy for u guys and enjoy every day u have with him. Best wishes
  28. 20736
    Somewhere there is a post - "Help, I lost my barred rock rooster...."
    Great story.
  29. arpyhh
    What a great story! I love to hear about this sort of thing- thanks for sharing.
  30. Chick1043
    That's so cute! :)
  31. Tripp16
    The rooster that showed up at my house was rude and mean. All he wanted to do is breed my hens and he attacked one of them almost to death when she went broody!!
    You got lucky! He is a very pretty boy. You should get him some ladies. :)
  32. myyardgirls
    He's a handsome specimen, and to think he just appeared. Very lucky to have such a warm family taking him in..
    we should be so lucky to have a new member wonder up...
  33. Mykee
    That is so neat! Something like that started my chicken endeavors: my mom brought home some chickens she hatched at school, just to find them a home, and we kept them. :) You should get him some hens. They are so much fun! It looks like Herbert showed up as a young bird, maybe only 4 months old. Enjoy him!
  34. Chickerchalk
  35. msladyhawke
    He is gorgeous! Sounds like quite a character! So glad he found you for a great home!
  36. FuzzyButtsFarm
    Your story made my morning.
  37. hippos
  38. Chambertin
    Give a chicken room, safety, and company you'll surely be rewarded for it.
  39. Dudu
    He is awesome, love his character!!! Hope you enjoy many more years to come together. What a sweet story, thanks for sharing.
  40. joannarashid
    Great story. Incredible! Especially since he is a rooster.
  41. 3 Golden Girls
    he is a good looking fellow.... glad you are getting some ladies for him. He's not a stupid chicken.. he knew a good home when he saw it!
  42. Melabella
    Thank you for sharig this story, our whole family LOVED it! What a happy friendly Rooster! Do you plan on getting any more? I am sure your friendship will last a lonng time now that he will get the best care and has some shelter.
  43. pettits37876
    Thank you all for the comments! I had no idea Herbert would become such a celebrity :) We'll probably get some hens in the spring. I wonder if he'll stay as friendly as he is now once we introduce the ladies into the mix? Thoughts?
  44. Peepsicle
    You should get a hen to keep him company, but I must say... OMG!!! HE'S SOOO CUTE!!!!!
  45. EFaye
    Wow, what a lucky chicken!
  46. blondiebee181
    Aw, what a sweet guy! He needs a lady friend!
  47. penny7
    What a lovely story. Herbert is adorable and so lucky to have such a wonderful family to look after him, what a happy bird! Thank you for posting your story. Lots of love and best wishes to you all xxx
  48. The Chickeneer
    Thats a great story :) Now he probably wishes some hens would come out of nowhere too lol
  49. Yolk
    Great story. Thanks for helping him/her out.
  50. Whittni
    Love this story! You should get him a hen :)

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