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Chicken thinks it's a goat.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by moodybubbles, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried to hatch 20 eggs, FAIL

    I tried to hatch another 20 eggs after adjustments to the 'bator and had development but still FAIL

    I tried to hatch another 20 eggs and got 3 hatchlings and most of the others developed but never pipped even after giving them an extra week. 1 died a day later. 2 survived and I put them out in the coop when fully feathered. Went out one hour later and a snake had one chicks head down its throat so back inside with my lone surviving chick. I had a hen buddy for him and together they went back out to the coop (with rest of full grown flock) for one whole week when I found him laying on the floor with his head in the corner, not moving. Back inside he came. He hobbled around for a couple of weeks and I got tired of him being inside so I put him back out to free range with the bigs. He then meandered by my dog looking all wounded and flapping his wing and limping badly so the dog tried to catch him.
    Back inside until I finally moved him to the barn with the goats.

    Now I see that he is a rooster and he loves his goat family. He sits on their backs at night, snuggles with them all day, runs to me when they do, runs for the tree limbs full of branches when I toss them in and actually looks like he is trying to eat some, runs up to the barn when they do. It's so weird. The other chickens free range all around the goat pen but he stays inside it with his goat buddies.

    I only have 7 hens. This chick rooster guy means I have total 2 roosters. I'm moving those crazy free range chickens to the goat pen with a new coop soon. Would you move the chick/rooster in with the main flock or would you let little goat rooster stay with his goats? He roosts on a 2x4 in an open barn potentially open to predators. The goat pen itself is lined with hot wire and I have two dogs (not LGD's) who keep most large predators off my property period.
     
  2. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He seems happy with the goats ... I'd leave him there! :)
     
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Aaaw moodybubbles that is a cute story!

    I would leave him with his goat family also. Just me, but even with the possible predator threat, it sounds like he is going to be happiest where he is.

    Do you have any pics? I would love to see him.
     
  4. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are social, flock animals, so your rooster made a flock with the goats. I'd leave him with them. He would most likely be much happier!
     
  5. AuntNomi

    AuntNomi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too would leave him be with his goat family! He seems to have survived so much already, and now he has made his way with the goats and he is happy.
     
  6. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will leave him there, then. He does seem happy enough. Feeding him is a bit of a pain. I feed him twice a day when I feed the goats so he can eat separately. Otherwise the goats would devour his feed. Maybe once I get the new coop in there, he will find feed in the main coop.

    I will try to get a good pic tonight.

    Thanks all!
     
  7. moodybubbles

    moodybubbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]
     
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Aaaaw, that is sooo cute!

    He definitely does look quite content and who wouldn't be .. he has a nice foot warmer [​IMG]
     
  9. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep! I'd leave him there. He looks quite content [​IMG]!
     
  10. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol, can't beat a free ride. He's a happy boy! :D
     

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