Golden Boy passed the test.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bobbi-j, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I have a 7-month old Buff Rock cockerel. (He is one of two that I have) Last night I was out a the coop a little before their going - in time, but figured I'd lock them in as long as I was down there. So, as I was "herding" them in (I know, it's kind of like herding cats... Every time I'd go to bring in one more stray, the rest would leave the run and follow me back out. I'd have saved time if I'd just waited the 10-15 minutes for them to go in. [​IMG]) Anyway, as I was encouraging them to go in the run, my buff rock cockerel was by the door, as was one of the pullets. I, uh, lifted her in with my foot - no, I didn't kick her - just stuck my foot under her and gave her a boost into the run.Of course she put up a fuss, squawking and begawking. Well, "Golden Boy" (called that because of his lovely color) looked at me, almost took a step in my direction, then noticed me watching him. He didn't move. Squawked a bit, and moved away. This to me is a good sign that he's wanting to protect his harem, but realizing that I am still the boss. He does move toward the dog when he's out there, and "growls" at the dog, but so far keeps out of his way, too.

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    So far so good.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Good for him!

    I don't care what I do with/to a hen, the rooster is NOT allowed to mess with me.

    Looks like he's realizing that.

    It's got to be hard for the poor things, they've really hardly any brains at all to work this stuff out.....and around here the learning curve is pretty darn steep.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

    BTDT, Love it....handling a bird who's putting up a fuss, cockbird comes running, kinda eyes you....... can see that tiny brain churning, then realizes ...oh, it's the people queen, OK that's cool.

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