no rooster testosterone?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stcroixusvi, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Recently I wrote and posted a video short showing our rooster, Andy, in his morning routine as he goes from his dog carrier in the garage to a dog crate outside. He's in the crate and carrier because he never stood up to our head rooster - the other two roosters made a cursory challenge to the head, then backed down, but Andy actually runs from the head rooster much like a hen runs away. In fact, one night, before we isolated him, he ran into the woods and ended up spending the night there because it got dark before we could find him. When I found him the next morning (he was crowing continuously) he willingly let me pick him up.

    Also, he has a hen to keep him company, but he never tries to behave roosterly with her! Ever!

    Could it be possible that he is different? I've heard of hens crowing, but this?

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  2. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
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    Right now he is scared. A few weeks separated from all other roosters and he should take a active role again. [​IMG] Topping hens, crowing, etc.. This is not uncommon behavior, especially with more than one rooster. Some roos can get along any many can't. It is the whole pecking order thing.
     
  3. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He has been crowing all the while. And he's been separated from the others for over a month. In fact, we gave him away and then went back and got him a week later because I missed him. [​IMG] But maybe you are right, he just hasn't settled in yet - when he gets his new coop finished, he'll have 3 hens!
     
  4. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
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    [​IMG] He will be very happy with his own flock. He might be a little on the shy side. I have one rooster that I never say him top his hen, but all the eggs were fertile. Now, I see him top every day. Silly roosters. Yours is a rooster and he looks pretty young in the photo, so I just think he is a little traumatized.
     
  5. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's 8 months old. I hope he is fertile - we have a lovely silver laced Polish hen and I think a mutt from them would be a pretty chicken. Here is a more recent photo of him.

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  6. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Mississippi
    He is pretty. He should be fertile at 8months. I try to wait until they are 1yr old, but that is just my preference. That mix should make some stunning chicks.
     
  7. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I do hope he becomes a bit more relaxed in his new coop. He is such a gently guy - I am hoping he passes on the temperment to any chicks. Now to purchase that incubator.....wonder if I made that second coop large enough.....
     

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