- May 30, 2011
Tonight I saw my he/she jump my SLW they are 19 weeks old. My cochin is a standard Blue roo and is getting very big and he is so pretty. He has not crowed yet, I think I am seeing saddle feathers coming in, not so much on the hackles yet. He has shiney black feathers. I sold two of his brothers at auction a month ago but he is just now starting roo behavior. I am not breeding. So my question is he hasn't been mean and I felt so bad putting him in a cage by himself, If I were to keep him and don't want the mating and feather pulling that goes with it what do I do? He looked so sad, he hasn't crowed yet and is doing what roosters do. Not his fault. Do you keep a roo by himself? Do I let him free range with the girls? I have 15 chicks his age and 5 EE a month younger who he does not seem to like in his meadow. No one is squatting yet or laying yet. I was going to try to bring the EEs in the coop at night, but he didn't like them in the daylight and I am not sure if he would hurt them in the morning when he saw them or if he would think they were part of the flock. If you keep a roo does he just mate a few chicks or.....as you see I know nothing and need more info. I know I can take him to the auction but if I knew more on what people do who are not breeders and keep roos ...well maybe I could keep him. I love all my chicks so it is hard,I have a border collie who protects the flock and he is included and is not agressive to her when she rounds them if we are going somewhere. They free range unless we are not home. I am asking the experts to help me make up my mind by giving what ever information they can to manage my little flock. I noticed in the first line I said I noted he was trying to mate the slw he has also gone after my GLW and a little Splash Cochin. When he went after the EEs in the meadow I told him no and he did listen for a moment .... so I just don't know please help, and thank you so much for any help you offer.