My "Throw Away" Rooster

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by worryhorse, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. worryhorse

    worryhorse In the Brooder

    Oct 12, 2010
    This is my “throw away” rooster. I discovered him on the road in front of my house. Someone had tossed him out of their vehicle. I saw no movement and thought that he was dead. But I couldn’t just leave him there, so I went out to examine him. To my surprise, he was weak, but he was alive. I brought him in our fenced front yard and placed him under a tree with some chicken feed and water. It didn’t take long for him to take advantage of the food and water. Then he rested.

    A couple hours later, I saw him walking cautiously around the front yard. When he heard me talk to him, he raised his head and slowly made his way to me. He would let me hold him and pet him. At first I told myself it was because he was weak and sickly. I truly didn’t think that he was going to survive the night. Many of his feathers were missing and those still on him were dull. We suspect that he had been used for Cock Fights, but with his passive nature, that he was used to train more aggressive birds. His comb has been cut off and cauterized. I've been told this is a practice to minimize bleeding in fights. That their combs bleed profusely when injured by another rooster.

    Over the next week we realized that The Colonel is completely blind. I noticed that he uses his beak like a walking cane as he taps the ground in front of him when he walks, or the side of the feeder/waterer when he eats.

    The neighbors had ALOT of chickens gone wild. Their roosters would come over into our yard with the sole intent of attacking the Colonel. I shot serveral of them with BB guns (didn't kill them), but not before the Colonel had suffered the pain of running blind into the fences, pens, feed barrels, horse trailer, and the ruthless pecking and clawing from the wild roosters. We soon built a small pen for the Colonel that he is totally comfortable in. It is small and he knows where everything is, including his custom made roost that is about chest high for him. The Colonel loves it. He gets to roost on his own branch! It gives him confidence since he does not have to sleep vulnerable on the ground. We don't turn him out anymore, but he doesn't seem to mind.

    I endured alot of teasing over my little rooster from my husband, his friends and my son. But quickly they all watched him and admired the Colonel's spunk. We rotate young birds not yet ready for the main coop in with the Colonel. One time a young hawk found a way into the pen. Realizing it was trapped it had no interest in the chickens, but it swooped back and forth trying to find a way out. And there in the pen, in front of the babies in his charge that were huddled together in the corner, was the Colonel. He had his feathers standing on end and lept up aiming his spurs at the young hawk every time he sensed it swoop close to his young flock. It was shortly after that that the Colonel began crowing. There was no doubt, that if left in the security of his own little pen, he is the bravest of all my birds.

    I am so glad to say that that was more than three years ago and The Colonel is healthy and strong. When we go in his pen he leans against us with one foot on ours while he makes soft noises. If I pick him up and take him out of the pen he is perfectly content and will nap in my arms. After a few molting sessions his feathers came in and still are very beautiful. The tail feathers that you see in the picture will get even longer through the summer months.

    In the morning, I love to hear him crow...although it would be nice if he waited for the sun to come up. But none of my roosters seem to have read that myth about roosters. But the Colonel has a distinct voice, and it is music to my ears.
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  2. worryhorse

    worryhorse In the Brooder

    Oct 12, 2010
    I can't figure out how to add the picture :-(
  3. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Songster

    Mar 27, 2013
    What a great outcome for the little guy! I really admire people who take in roosters, not a lot of people want the boys and they deserve a home just as much as the girls do. I have 7 roosters right now and as long as they are all getting along, I keep them. I'll definitely be subscribing and hopefully you can get some pictures up eventually! It's a shame someone would just throw out such a sweet rooster, I'm glad he has a good home now though. :D
  4. CherishHolland

    CherishHolland Songster

    Apr 16, 2013
    Canyon Texas
    I am so glad he found a home who loves him! I have rescued many chickens and it is the best feeling when we are able to get them back to health!
  5. tatertot

    tatertot Songster

    Aug 20, 2013
    It makes me sick to think how heartless people can be...I'm glad he has a good home...sounds like he deserves it..
  6. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Crowing

    Oct 14, 2010
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    The story of the Colenel brought tears to my eyes... BLESS YOU for finding him and saving are a good chicken mama.. :love

    I would LOVE to see pictures of the Colonel.... so here is what you do:

    go to REPLY, there is a box on the toolbar of reply that has what appears to be 2 mountain peaks and a sun,
    Click on that box and it will ask you to; EMBED AN IMAGE
    Click on UPLOAD A FILE [which will pictures from your personal PC]
    Choose a picture and click on it
    Another box will open that tells you; 1 of 1 files being uploaded, when that is done,
    Click on SUBMIT and DONE!

    I am subscribed so am waiting now..... :pop ;)
  7. tatertot

    tatertot Songster

    Aug 20, 2013
    I had problems uploading from my phone ...I figured it out as I had to many pics in my gallery so pic msged myself and saved image as a download...I have lots less downloaded then I delete extra pic when I'm done
  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Colonel sounds like a real sweetheart! [​IMG] Bless you for taking that beautiful boy in. I'm sure he is thanking you ten fold! Love the story too!
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    A darling story for sure. Hope you figure out how to post a photo!
  10. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Songster

    Jul 13, 2013
    SW Kansas
    What a great story! I would love to see a pic of him if you can!!!

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