Cooing Blue Orp Roo

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  1. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Due to their fast growth and size at nearly 5 weeks I have had to do something I have never done before. I put 4 1/2 week old chicks out in the barn with a 250 watt red heat lamp. It is supposed to be 30 or so tonight. They have VERY deep fresh pine shavings bedding, 5 gallons of fresh water and 22 lbs of chick starter. I know they will be fine and will huddle and snuggling in the bedding under the lamp - and be just fine.

    I know this? Because Mosby and Bonnie Blue are in the coop beside them. When we went out tonight just before dark to make the shift to the new living quarters this is what I saw -

    Mosby and Bonnie waiting for me as usual -
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    The new chicks were put into their new nursery coop and Mosby and Bonnie ambled over to inspect.

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    As the chicks were cheeping Mosby really perked up.

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    When we finally closed up and headed out the chicks really started chirping and almost whining. Mosby kept his attention on the chicks next door.

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    I stood in the doorway and watch the events unfold.

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    Can you see Bonnie behind him? He is HUGE.

    Mosby began to coo and cluck in hushed tones. Almost sing song cooing and clucking and soft bwagawking.

    The chicks came to the edge of the roost looking for the cooing.

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    When I closed the barn door they were one by one jumping down to the floor and snuggling in the deep bedding over near Mosby.

    How interesting is that roo* behavior?



    Techically he is a cockeral, age 22 weeks.
     
  2. Yogiman

    Yogiman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mosby and Bonnie are a beautiful pair and those chicks are a knockout. What is that red one in the pic? It is so different than the rest but still pretty.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It is a cross hatched from TOH's buff orp hen and her blue roo - all orp but nonstandard color.
     
  4. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    That is so cool I want a roo I am literally twitching for one and I love the noise they make espeacialy crowing but aperantly suburban planing comities don't LOL
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have seen roo's talk to their hens but I have never see one become instantly attentive and calming to new chicks. I was really surprised. I have NEVER heard Mosby's voice until last night. He even softly clucked at them. I was tickled!
     
  6. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have extraordinary chickens Miss P! What personalities!
     
  7. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a good daddy he will make. Gorgeous birds. Oh, my, what beautiful babies he and Bonnie Blue will make, .....MUST.....HAVE.....BLUE.....ORPS....... so beautiful. [​IMG]
     
  8. appleton78

    appleton78 Out Of The Brooder

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    OMGosh...That is so cool!! I had no idea they would do that!

    Beautiful kids you have there Missy!!!

    Michele in MN
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Bonnie should start laying in about a month or so but I have never seen Mosby try the deed yet.
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    TCM, I can't even begin to count the number of failed hatches I have had. These came from hand delivered eggs that rode across 3 mountain ranges to get here. LOL

    No wonder they are rare! They are hard to hatch!
     

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