Why have a rooster? new Pg 10 video pg 13

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Cetawin, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I have heard many folks say "I do not want a rooster because they crow so much" or "I do not need a rooster"... but most often it is "Why do I need a rooster?" Well here is an excellent example of why to have one and why they are so special.

    Three weeks ago I lost a beautiful buff cochin to a coyote...she was snatched just a few feet from my front porch. We found where the coyote had lain and watched us working on pens and so forth, waiting for us to go inside. When we did go inside for about 10 -15 minutes, the coyote grabbed my girl and carried her off. I found all of my girls under the front porch, with the exception of 4 that had hidden in the woods but my rooster was standing alone between the porch and where the attack occurred. I found my cochin's wings and legs, but her torso was taken to the den. I understand why my cochin was lost...she was big and slow, the slowest moving bird I owned, so my roo was able to get everyone to safety but her.

    We found the coyote's den and my diligence in hunting her and watching over my flock became paramount. I did everything I could to discourage the coyote and take away her sense of safety...it paid off, she moved the babies. That was one option that I had hoped would happen as a last resort, my choice was to hunt her down and then destroy her and then the youngsters. They are merely future predators and ones too young to fend for themselves without their mother, so I chose that option out of humane regard for the youngsters. (This decision is mine solely and NOT open to discussion, nor is it the point of this post so please leave it alone).

    So, she moves the youngsters and my diligence stays guarding my flock and hunting her. To no avail...until today when I witnessed an act so amazing that I would have 40 roosters if I could. I admit to being simply in awe. Here is what happened:

    I am upstairs when my husband calls to me "Honey, you better come down, something is up with the chickens". So, I come downstairs, grab my rifle from the closet as my husband is telling me the girls just came flying all of my cross the yard heading for the coop in a strange manner. I go out the front door and cannot see any of the birds...and suddenly I see a flash of white crammed under the coop, one of my Delaware is hiding under there...I start taking a closer looks and all of my girls...18 total are under the coop...so I start wondering where Lancelot is and I look for him and find him standing statue still near the road about 8 feet from the coop targeted on a spot off in the distance. I follow his line of sight and see nothing. I called to him "Lancelot...what's wrong big boy?"...he looked at me briefly with this look that I can only describe as calm and confident...as if he was saying "I got it mom...no worries". So I kept looking all around, hoping to see the slightest movement...nothing, the girls are quiet and hiding and Lancelot is standing in the same spot. So after about 4 minutes, I walk back inside and decide to walk through the dining room and check out the back, make sure the ducks are okay and that all is in order...as I step onto the threshold of the sliding glass door in my dining room (2nd story of a tri-level), it happens.

    Lancelot comes running around the corner of the house and towards my area in the middle of the backyard...he stops, turns and stands to full height...I barely get "Lance what are you" through my brain when Mrs Coyote comes skidding around the corner, full speed towards my rooster. I raised the rifle, prayed, took aim, fired and starting running for the stairs. I only had one shot, there was no time to eject the round and load another before she got him. It was a good shot thank heavens...I dropped the coyote about 15 feet from my brave rooster. I grabbed my rooster up into my arms and I will admit I was crying and asking "are you okay?" as I was checking him over...he was fine and I put him down and watched him immediately run past the coyote towards the coop, making a call I had never heard but one that the girls instinctively understood...one by one little heads popped out from under the coop and the girls started to rushing out towards him. Everyone is safe and accounted for.

    Now, some may say. Well no biggie he was being a rooster....well yes he was BUT think about this for a moment or two. He could have easily stood his ground in the tall grass where he was...I doubt the coyote saw him until he took off running. This leads to the "Why" did he run....why did he take the time to run down a hill around the house and stop halfway to safety, turn and wait for her?

    Well this is why....he did what he is genetically designed to do...he protected his girls. He took the girls to safety....stood guard...then he took the predator away from the girls. He willingly, proudly and bravely stood still facing a coyote charging him...prepared to fight till his last breath...there was no fear in him there was only duty, obligation and an internal directive to stand, fight and protect.

    So...if you consider that he lost one girl three weeks ago and chickens recognize by facial feature...they can recognize 100 different chickens by their facial features, then it would stand to reason that he saw the coyote, knew why it was there and deliberately took it away from his girls. Now whether or not he knew if he fell where he was, the coyote would be a couple feet from the girls....who knows but I do know what I saw, I saw a deliberate move to put the fight where he wanted it.

    So why do you need a rooster? You don't but your hens do. The rooster that crows and annoys you...will sacrifice himself gladly protecting his flock. He will do it while showing no fear, no hesitation and no doubts. So the better question is why don't you need a rooster.

    My brave beautiful boy, Lancelot

    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  2. Zinnia-Hen

    Zinnia-Hen Live & Let Live

    Jan 29, 2011
    Great story! Lancelot sounds like such a little sweety; I'm glad the flock is okay too.
  3. jwg423

    jwg423 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2011
    Awesome! Way to go Lancelot! I hope I end up with some good roosters like that [​IMG]
    Good Job whoopin some Coyote butt!
  4. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I would just like to say that too many roosters beat up the hens, and eachother. They also crow. That's why a lot of people don't like roosters.

    But I think they're awesome!

    Cute story, by the way.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That's why I have roosters. That big, sweet, lumbering, calm tempered, lovely rooster I met in person just three weeks ago, just a day after he lost his beloved Hera, was a true hero today. He doesn't know he's a hero. He was just doing what he knew he had to do to protect his girls, probably without a conscious thought to his own safety.

    As I told you earlier today, if Hera hadn't been so slow three weeks ago, you would have lost Lance then instead of her, since she would have been behind him rather than between him and the coyote then. And if you had lost him that day rather than Hera, today would have been much worse because he would not have been there, willing to sacrifice himself for the flock.

    Roosters are so amazing. I keep telling people that you do not have to suffer a human-aggressive rooster in order to have a rooster who will do what it takes to protect the hens--Lancelot is a fabulously sweet, calm boy. He was fine around me, a complete stranger to him that weekend, but today, he was a shining example of everything a good rooster should be. And your girls are alive because of that. (that and his gun-toting mama!).
  6. ChickyLove

    ChickyLove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Springfield, MA.
    Such a handsome and brave boy you have there! [​IMG]
  7. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww, Ladyhawk! I have tears in my eyes! What a great story. You wrote it so well. I feel like I was right there with ya.
    I LOVE THAT BOY! He is just a great rooster!

  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Quote:I have five currently...and have yet to have one harm a hen...nor have I had them fighting each other. A couple pecking order disputes but no fighting. I would say that is not "many" beating up their hens but more like a few or some. There are buttheads in every species. [​IMG]
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  9. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it.
  10. Grey and green feathers

    Grey and green feathers Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    Oh wow what a brave boy! And breathtakingly handsome too. What breed is he? And i have heard of some of the huge fighting breed roosters like shamos and things killing foxes and dogs and other canines, as well as stray cats. It may be a rumor but i have a friend who raises them and they look like something i wouldnt mess with! Bravo, lancelot! Makes me happy my subdivision hasnt noticed my RIR cockrel. Hehe >.>

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