Rooster Chat

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cluckcluckluke, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. keiferlou

    keiferlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome thread! Showing some love for roosters [​IMG]


    We have 2 mature roosters in our flock. The boss is Red, a red Cochin Bantam. He's a gentleman and very good at watching out for his girls. The next in line is our SLW, Penguin. Red was already mature and in charge when we added Penguin so he made it known right away that he ran the show and kindly keeps Penguin in line.

    Penguin went through a rebellious phase a couple of months ago when he turned a year old and made it his daily goal to "attack" my husbands boots. He didn't attack so much as run up to him and give his boot a little chest bump. I don't know what he had against my husbands boots but he was not a fan. He did the same chest bump thing to my youngest daughter and I had her do what I do to keep him in his place on the totem pole under me and that behavior ceased quickly. He never flogged or used his feet or anything like that, just chest bumps. I'm the boss and the chickens know that but the kids and the husband don't spend as much time with them so they had to do a little work with him (picking him up and holding him, not letting him mount the hens in their presence, etc) and now he's settled down and is perfectly nice. Even Red would go at him sometimes when he would act up with us. Red, on the other hand, has never had an issue with us. He's a gem.

    We have 38 chickens of varying ages. The mature roosters share the adult hens pretty fairly and the only one Red really gets angry about Penguin bothering is my Cochin hen. That is Red's girl and he ain't having it! It surprises me some days how well they get along. I can see them plotting to steal some of the young pullets away from the other guy already. Penguin will soon be moving to a new coop with his own SLW ladies and replacing him in the mixed flock will be Gladys, a young Polish/Sultan cross that I'm pretty sure is also part lap dog.

    If they didn't free range all day, I don't think they would get along as well as they do but having 20 acres to roam as they choose helps a ton. Many nights when I go lock them up, they are side by side on the roost. I hope Red and Gladys will get along this well. They seem to be pretty cool with each other so far.

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    Red, Penguin, Rocky and George
     
  2. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

     
  3. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    Welcome @keiferlou

    Wow, sounds like you have a bit of chicken utopia there. Penguin is such a suiting name for a SLW and he looks very handsome.
    Looking at your last picture, George doesn't look like a rooster to me. Are you sure he is not perhaps a Georgie?

    My Marans rooster, Marcel, would also have to be about 1 year old and has just started attacking my legs when I go down to feed them. He'll only do it when my back is to him though the sneaky guy. Ive started holding him in front of his hens now so he'll understand who the boss is soon.
     
  4. cabinchicky

    cabinchicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Penguin is so handsome!!! wish my Fester would grow his feathers back soon, molting. ewwww ugly guy.
     
  5. keiferlou

    keiferlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, George is actually Georgie Girl. I just call her George. I called her Curious George when she was young because she was into EVERYTHING and the George part stuck. Penguin had his moments but he has matured into a very nice boy and I have BYC to thank for that. Reading all the advice on how to deal with roosters and all the experiences everyone has had helped tremendously! His future SLW wives just arrived this morning and they're so stinkin' cute! I'm looking forward to their beautiful babies.
     
  6. keiferlou

    keiferlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you [​IMG]
     
  7. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

     
  8. keiferlou

    keiferlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's actually black Australorp. Penguin usually doesn't show much interest in the chicks but he's peeked in on the new fluffs a couple of times today. Maybe he knows? I will definitely be sharing pics! I think they'll make a beautiful little flock.
     
  9. alibabba

    alibabba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm, So one is a Polish thats the guy now. The one I "need" will be Ameraucana and maybe a Breda. I think all three of those are generally thought to be more on the mellow end. Anyone with thoughts on those, feel free to share.

    I guess it will be a try and see what happens. I'll just need a back up plan. Hopefully not the auction...
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2015
  10. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

     

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