Roo with no hens - but mixed other animals- will it work?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cubzwin1908, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. Cubzwin1908

    Cubzwin1908 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an almost 6 month old Silver Cuckoo Marans roo that came to me by accident with a purchase of pullets. Have gotten attached to him although I think our household and our neighbors would be happier if he weren't crowing and chasing girls all day. I have an old hen who has always been head chicken who doesn't care a bit for him and attacks him. So far he has only fought back once but I'm afraid the day will come when he will hurt her. She's 7 years old and about a third of his size.

    I had listed him several places trying to find him a good home without any luck.

    Today someone showed interest in taking him but she has no hens....sounds like she has kind of a rescue retreat that includes a male goose, 2 female ducks, 8 pea fowl, goats, llama, mini horse, cats, dog and a pigeon. Do you think this would work? Would he be miserable without any girls? I want whats best for him but want some peace of mind here at home too.

    Thanks so much for any input

    Debbie
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Hard to say how he would be, once you sell him you have no say from there, I have roosters without hens, but I don't have roosters without other chickens, the real question is are you willing to let him go without constant concern for his welfare. Either send him on his way or pen him separately until he matures a bit and calms down.
     
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  3. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    Old Hen has good advice. But I can tell you, from experience, that yes, your cockerel will adjust and be content with a lot of other animals besides hens for companions.

    A few years ago, a cockerel I raised went to a home where the new owner wasn't pleased with his treatment of the hens so he decided to give him to the local animal shelter for them to find a home for him. But before he got to the shelter, he stopped at the lumber yard for some materials. He mentioned to the yard hand that he had a rooster in the truck and the employee said, "Oh! Can I have him?"

    So, young Walter went to live with this young man and his family. I, myself, dropped by the lumber yard and asked him how Walter, the young rooster, was doing. He described Walter's life in great detail and excitement.

    It seems this Silver-laced Wyandotte cockerel was happily enjoying life as a semi-house pet, watching TV with the family at night, and sleeping on a file cabinet. During the day, he scratched around the yard for bugs with a basset hound and a goat as companions.

    Walter lived with them for two happy years and he died suddenly of unknown causes early this year.

    I also know of a young man in Olympia, WA who runs a rooster rescue. He has maybe twenty roos, and no hens at all. The roosters all seem well adjusted and perfectly content without hens around. If fact, it's probably why they all get along so well.

    So, go ahead if you are sure your roo will be well cared for. He should be fine with no hens.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    thank you for that story, I am enjoying the visual of the rooster and the basset hound, sounds like a children's book.
     
  5. Cubzwin1908

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    Thank you both so much for your input.

    I am loving Walter watching tv and sleeping on the file cabinet...lol I have a couple who think they should be house chickens as well.

    Good to know there are success stories.
     

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