Hello ! I have been adopted by a rooster .... Updated 1/15 with pictures

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  1. Harmony Hill

    Harmony Hill Out Of The Brooder

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    for real - a black rooster has taken up under my porch. I have a nice warm dog house tucked in a corner for my two semi-feral cats. Well, I went to feed the girls sunday night, looked under the deck and saw chicken legs! with Spurs! Imagine my suprise! he was munching on cat food, so I just left him. Figured he would leave. Yesterday am, "Elivs' was all tucked in the dog house - same when I got home from work - nice and dry as it rained all day . This am, he came out of the house and started looking for food. He even came up to me and let me touch him. Naturally I don't keep chicken food on hand, so I put out dry cat food for him. He let me scratch his neck while he ate. I checked with my neighbor that has chickens, but his rooster is black and white w/a frilly tail. (see how much I know? [​IMG] ) This rooster is black, and his tail is long and narrow, he holds it straight out, not up like some I have seen. I don't mind him, and will get another dog house for my cats and set them up under the front porch. But what do I do with this Rooster? I will go to my local feed store tonight to get him real food.
    Should I just feed him and let him be? I have to admit, of all the critters I have and want, can't say a rooster was on my list. [​IMG] But - I have to what is best for him, so help!!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    He's clearly been someone's pet. Otherwise he wouldn't let a stranger touch him. Almost none of my birds let me touch them and I've been feeding them their whole life.

    Get him the lowest protein non-layer feed they carry. That would likely be a 15% protein finisher feed or a grower feed from 16-18%. If the latter is all you can get you can cut the protein with some grain. Most importantly, don't feed him layer feed which is about 4% calcium. A rooster's feed should be closer to 1% calcium.

    Adult roosters get along just fine on 13-15% protein.

    They're pretty self sufficient but night time predators can be a problem. Chickens should be locked up in something that a raccoon can't open or reach into or with openings big enough for a weasel to get into. That's about a 1" gap.

    For more complete info, go to the learning center tab.
     
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  3. Harmony Hill

    Harmony Hill Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I called my feed store, they have some feed I can give him but I will check the protein.
    I guess if he was someone's pet, they dumped him? I will do my best by him. Funny thing is, I was just saying to a friend of mine about putting a chicken coop in the yard for eggs. Guess not now!
     
  4. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC!

    Wow, that is a surprising way to get a rooster![​IMG] I agree with everything ChickenCanoe said. And if you don't want to keep him you could always put out an advertisement saying you found a lost rooster! Good luck and have fun with him!
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

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    Possibly dumped or there may have been a predator attack and he escaped. I had a rooster take up residence about a 1/4 mile away after mink killed the rest of his flock during the night.
    He could have also wandered off and couldn't find his way back or was run off by other roosters in the flock.

    Hopefully your store carries bags smaller than 50 pounds. It would take a single bird a long time to eat that much feed. If that's all you can get, keep it cool and dry so it lasts longer.
     
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  6. Harmony Hill

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    Lady at feed store said she had a 20 or 25 lb bag; Too bad he can't get into the horses pasture, help break up that manure. Poor guy, I feel right sorry for him.
    Chickencanoe - what kind of rooster is your avatar? Elvis has lots of red on his head like that.
     
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    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] We're glad you joined us!
     
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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  9. Harmony Hill

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    Thank you!
     
  10. ChickenCanoe

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    He'll love the horse manure and cowflop come spring.

    The rooster is a Black Penedesenca, my favorite breed for the last few years.

    If yours has a large comb and wattles, it's likely a Mediterranean breed.
    http://www.afn.org/~poultry/breeds/mediterr.htm
    http://www.cqpoultryclub.com/breed04.htm
    go to the list on the first link then go to one of these pages and there will be all sorts of pictures of varieties of each of those breeds.
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKChickensA-C.html
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKChickensD-O.html
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKChickensP-Z.html

    In a nutshell, breed is the shape of the bird, variety is the color.

    What color is he?
     
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