I have a very special rooster, altho I worry about him, as he hurt his leg as a youngun, slipped tendon and no amount of taping, strapping, etc could fix it. He gets around great tho thus far. He is only about six months old tho. I was so proud to see him knock a big ol orp roo off one of his girls yesterday, he came FLYING out of his pen when he heard her hollering for him. I never posted that I had my hubby put Lily down last fall. It was just too very painful, I know you know what I mean. She was just was such a character and she never let any of the roosters breed her until she got to where she didnt feel well anymore. Then stopped laying altogether. I had Chookschick in Kansas send me her young splash orp and in the end they became the best of buds. He always treated her kindly but she never came out of the coop anymore and I knew it was time. He never mated her, he treated her like a kindly grandmother that had to be taken care of. I incubated some eggs last summer, and I was sorry I had a mean old rooster that just was horrid to all the hens and grabbed them whenever he could, but he ended up giving me a present from Lily that I will always treasure. He was BigDaddy's son, who was a sweetheart, so it was hard for me to get rid of him as soon as I should have. Anyhow, this is grandson of your Lexie and Hawkeye, and great great grandson of Suede. What a gorgeous mix he is as well. The only only child of Lily so I treasure him til his legs go out completely and perhaps get a few children from him. His comb got frostbite just a few weeks ago, but he is a beautful creature. He looks mostly barred rock, but has three fantastic blue/black large tail feathers that you can only see in certain vantage points. So he is barred Rock/Black Orp mix, but from some very special birds, hmm? I dont have a name for him yet, he is pretty shy so only managed to get one good picture out of him today before he herded his ladies back to pecking. Never mind my ducks, they follow me everywhere and want to get in my face.