Abandoned bird- chicken dumping is a thing apparently. Please help identifying!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mlee2569, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. mlee2569

    mlee2569 New Egg

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    So- random Rooster just kinda showed up the last week. We came home from Church, and there he was. Hanging out like he belonged. Since we don't currently have another roo, I guess he and the girls all figured the position was available. He seems friendly (for a roo), and hasn't shown any signs of aggression with me or kids. He follows my hen around dotingly, however hes a bit of a wanderer. He has made several treks to the neighbors flocks, and "traumatized" a few chickens before they have chased him off. He will not go into the coop at night with my girl, but sleeps up in the tree next to her coop instead. And he is actually a great flyer- he flew up to the roof top when our neighbors dog came over- even though the dog ignores the chickens it still freaked him out. I debated on trying to catch him in the coop with my hen, he usually follows her in there when she lays her egg, but wasn't sure how he would react to that and didn't want to trap him with my hen in case it made him aggressive towards her.
    I don't have a lot of expertise in identifying chickens- but he strikes me as a game-y breed. He is very slender, and has more of an athletic build. He is roughly the same height as my full grown hen, which makes me think he is not fully grown- so its possible that he was run off from another flock by another roo- or he was dumped out here on our street.
    Anyway, after trying to look around for some info online I think he most resembles the Gallo Kelso, but I could be wrong. Also, not a lot of info on this breed as far as temperament. Not sure if I will be able to keep him if he continues to wander and harass the neighbors girls- my girl seems to love him, others not so much.
    Anyway he is a beauty, any help confirming identity would be greatly appreciated![​IMG]

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  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    He's gorgeous! Yes, unfortunately dumping of roosters is a thing when people don't want to do the responsible thing when they can't find a home for a rooster they can't keep and put it down, and instead dump it to deal with the horrors of starvation or being eaten alive by a predator because somehow that's better. I'm glad he found you :)

    He's very pretty. He has the beautiful welsummer-like coloring aside from that white tailfeather. Hopefully others more familiar with game breeds will be able to tell you what he is.
     
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  3. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sad he was dumped. He's gorgeous. I don't know what breed he is, I'm new to chickens. Do you just have 1 hen?
     
  4. mlee2569

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    Right now I only have one full grown hen- but I have 4 littles that are about 4 months old that I keep in a run until they are bigger
     
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    MedSchlFarmers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awe good! I'm glad she will have company soon!
     
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  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    He's an Old English Game bantam. They are usually fun little guys to have around.
     
  7. mlee2569

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    yeah she is a survivor! She has seen several friends come and go. She was one the orginal chicks we got from a local feed store 3 years ago. Since then we have taken in 4 others from people who couldn't keep them, and had different predators and a dog that got to my girls at different times. Since I let mine free range so much, I think having a rooster is a good idea anyway
     
  8. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    I don't think he's a bantam. He looks too large in the pictures. A full grown OEGB male is tiny.

    How big is he @mlee2569? Is he very small or about standard chicken size? If small this is a good guess.
     
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  9. mlee2569

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    I thought bantam was possible, how can you tell? Other than feed him and see if he grows some more lol
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    His body is much smaller than the hen that he is pictured with. And he is clearly a mature male judging by how full and long his saddle feathering is. Not a young/growing cockerel at all.
     
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