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HELP - WILL MY NEW RESCUE ROOSTER EVER BE NORMAL?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kerr, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. Kerr

    Kerr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where to start....
    My angry Hen went Broody so instead of her sitting on a golf ball for 21 days thought I'd go to the local egg
    farm and see if I could get a fertilized egg....

    had no luck with that but the farmer gave us 1.5 yr old
    white Rooster....he's was just about to go meat.....
    He is absolutely beautiful but.....

    His comb is a comb-over (my daughter thought he had a red flower on his head cuz it looks like an upside down tulip)
    He didn't understand he could go further than a 1 x 1 spot
    -- My chickens have the Hilton for a coop and he just stood in one spot for the entire first day we had him...
    He stared at me when I offered him oatmeal and blueberries and didn't make a noise
    His top part of his beak tip seems to be gone too


    The chicks run all around free range and I think he's never touched another chicken before

    He seems to have no clue about what he's "supposed" to do with the ladies even thou they fluff their feathers in his face....

    He's just getting good at walking and actually jumped up onto the perch inside instead of sleeping on the floor....

    wondering if anyone knows why he seems so....strange?

    I'm thinking he's been caged for 1.5 years and just doesn't have a clue what to do with himself.....
    I'm hoping his legs will get stronger everyday and he'll start having some fun....

    He did eat the entire bowl of oatmeal I put out this morning thou

    I'm at work and just wanna be home with him.....
    My heart is breaking [​IMG]


    Kerri
     
  2. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    Poor thing has culture shock. It will take a few days for him to figure out that he can move around. Right now he needs some loving and care! Just be patient.....he's been in "jail" his whole life. It take time to figure out what to do with your life when your are released!
    Glad you saved him and he has a good home now.
     
  3. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    great save [​IMG] Give him some time, he'll be fine.
    I rescued three little chics awhile back(one died shortly after) they were dumped in a field. Anyways, for the longest time they just didn't act like normal chics.Now they are just fine they are both roos. [​IMG] just my luck!
    Pretty soon that roo will come around, poor thing. I think it's so great you saved him. [​IMG]
    Please update us on how he's doing,okay?
    Miriam
     
  4. Kerr

    Kerr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK ladies...
    finally I think he's looking pretty handsome for photos so....

    I've had "Kernel" for a bit now,
    He can walk (strut) fairly sturdy
    He can jump up onto the roost no problem
    He loves blueberries....

    and he still falls asleep on my lap when I pet him.....

    Can one actually love a chicken this much? [​IMG]
    I think I'm nuts....

    "Kernel's" New Home
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    Camera shy
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    Ready for Hollywood
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    I swear he casts an ANGELS glo!
    [​IMG]

    Meat Chick "meat"
    [​IMG]

    RIR - his wife "Martha"
    ooooPS i HAVE TO FIND HER PHOTO

    Ducks - his buds
    Major Bedhead - Uncle Chester - Princess - Beaker & Afflac
    [​IMG]

    Barred Rock Roo - "Piggums"
    [​IMG]

    Some of the Girls
    oK i LOST THIS PHOTO TOO
     
  5. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Lookin' in good, yeah!
    What a cool coop ya got there,nice.
    Kernal is such a pretty boy.I'm so glad he's doing much better.Gotta love a happy ending.
    Thanks for the update & post some more pics when ya can.
    Love your ducks names, lol
    Miriam
     
  6. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just looking at a thread on chickens that had been rescued from large scale egg producers. See this link:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=8496

    These hens have combs like your rooster. If you read through the posts, you'll see one that indicated chickens that are kept in overheated conditions will develop large pale combs because they are heat dissapators.

    After being caged 1.5 years, he sounds like his past may have been similar to the rescued hens.
     
  7. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    He's beautiful. I doubt that he's a rescued egg layer breeder because his feathers are far too nice to have been caged with several hens. However, he could have been caged in a got metal shed for showing purposes. I bought some btw japs one time that had never been out of their cage and his behavior is very similar to theirs. The extra large comb makes me think it was a very hot shed. Whatever, nice save!!
     
  8. Kerr

    Kerr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]

    Thanks guys for the nice comments.

    Kernels humungous floppy cone was very pale pink when I got him .... the farmer said he had been in his own cage to keep him away from ladies since its an egg farm.
    Probably why his feathers were fairly full.

    My daughter calls it his flower and my husband calls him
    salami head [​IMG]

    I'm not sure why they would have kept him around so long - by himself.
    I don't think they even used him for breeding cuz he kept having panic attacks when the ladies would look at him.

    Regardless he's the sweetest Rooster in the entire world.

    Cheers,

    Kerri
     
  9. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He REALLY does look like a live version of Foghorn Leghorn.
     
  10. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    What a fabulous floppy comb! I fondle my leghorn's comb at every opportunity.
     

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