- Jan 4, 2012
We've had as many as 50 chickens, about a dozen of whom were roos. One of our adult roos, having no hens of his own, adopted our big setting turkey hen as "his big woman" and and kept guard over her while she was setting. Another young roo, obviously hormonally driven and lacking a hen, tried a relationship with a single male duck (not a successful or satisfactory arrangement, to say the least). Eventually, all our extra young roos met their demise on one day, as I got fed up with their crowing and squabbling and assaults on ducks and decided to "go hunting" for them with a 22 rifle. This was an efficient way to thin our free-ranging roos without having to catch them all -- but to this day, I still miss that crowd of free-rangers as an extremely interesting few months. All I have now is 3 Ameraucana hens and an ambitious young Bantam rooster. I thought I really knew about chickens after hatching eggs, brooding chicks, and free-ranging birds in those past years, but I had no internet then. I've learned much more from closely watching my few new chickens, getting to know them better, and looking up my questions on the web. Thanks for a great website!