the gentlemanly rooster

cjwaldon

Crowing
8 Years
Sep 11, 2011
5,212
592
341
Missouri, USA
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This morning I take out last night's leftovers of beans and one hot dog, a partial bun and some french fries. As usual the flock comes tearing across the yard, wings flapping, chattering away in their excitement to see what I brought. And as usual the RIR rooster eyes the offerings and politely defers to the girls. I'm watching this thinking of the posts I've read on BYC how the good rooster takes care of his girls. I'm amused that he never partakes. He always checks out the goodies but never takes any for himself.

As usual the girls grab their choice tidbits and move away from the central area a little to enjoy their prize. I see that "Red" has found something interesting in the grass nearby. He coos enticinlgly to the nearest hen. "Look what I found!" "Come here and get it!" "Looky here!" He coos and looks at the morsel. He coos again. When the hen of his attraction comes over to investigate, he coureously backs away and gives her the morsel he has found.

What a gentlemen!


Or so you might think.

Moment before he "found" that french fry, I observed him stealing it from another hen. He swiped it right out of her beak and chased her off. Then he broke it into smaller pieces, dropped it in the grass, and started his "look what I found just for you" song to the other hen.

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cafarmgirl

Crowing
10 Years
Mar 24, 2009
5,521
613
327
California, central valley
I have a big RIR does the same thing, I love watching him with his hens. He will only have a bite of whatever I've brought after he's sure all the hens have had some first. Sometimes I hold a bit right up to his beak because I feel sorry for him but he either just stands there and won't take it or he takes it and feeds it to the nearest hen. I usually reserve a few pieces and after the hens loose interest and wander away I hand feed it to him. It's very nice to have a good rooster.
 

offmyroost

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 25, 2011
29
1
22
I laughed until I cried after reading this post. I can so picture this. I have a very gentlemanly rooster. Perhaps I should watch him a little more closely.
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gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
15,506
432
358
My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
My dominant rooster, Carl, will sometimes fake finding something really special for the girls. He makes the "tid-bit" call but only has a pretty rock or leaf to share. He does this solely to lure a gullible pullet over for some lovin'. (The older gals usually don't fall for the trick. They might gather, but if they don't see something edible, they lose interest.)

Clever boy. It makes me smile.
 

RedIII

Songster
8 Years
Nov 30, 2011
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184
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Tooele, Utah
I got a laugh out of this, as well as some of the replies. I've got a very gentleman-like rooster, too, and it makes me wonder how he acts when I'm not looking. He sure seems proud of himself when he "finds" something.
 

2hot2chicken

Songster
8 Years
Jul 15, 2011
542
6
111
Beaverton
My DD has a white silkie rooster like this. But heres the funny thing. I have him in with my girls for right now, all 11 of mine(3BR, 2 LF light Brahma, 1araucana, rest silkies) plus DD's 3 silkies. Whenever we see him he is only around his 2 white girls and my 3 3mth old splash silkie pullets and roo hes kinda adopted them and helps take care of them even thought they are half grown! Well I have never seen him mounting any girls but his 2 white hens.... My splash roo is not crowing yet and is just sorta trying to mount 1 of my pullets but not successfully. Last couple of weeks 2 of my Large fowl BR and 1 of my huge large flock light brahmas is laying fertile eggs!!!! I guess the sweet talkin is paying off
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Tonight I fed my birds some warm peas cause its a cold night and he brought a couple peas into the coop to his favorite girl who was inside laying an egg!!!!
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