Yet another reason I LOVE my rooster

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by gritsar, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Roosters have been getting a bad rap lately and it's saddens me. I consider my rooster to be good for far more than fertilized eggs. He's very protective of the girls, always looking out for predators and he finds them all the best places to forage for goodies.
    Yesterday while watching chicken TV I found yet another reason I adore him.
    My flock is usually very peaceful and they all get along well. Late yesterday afternoon they were all foraging in the garden area when two of my top hens suddenly decided they hated each other. They engaged in a knock down, drag out fight with claws, wings and beaks going in every direction. My rooster, who had been several hundred feet away at the time, was on the scene in seconds. He stepped right in between the two hens and took a few blows for his trouble. He finally managed to break the fight up by using his body to push the two hens apart.
    Over the next half hour or so the two hens went at it two more times. Each time my roo stepped in and restored the peace. He finally ended up "shadowing" the instigator for the rest of their time outside so that she couldn't start another fight.
    I don't know what got into the hens, but all is well today. For those who would ask why I didn't break it up myself - no blood was being drawn and it's all a part of the pecking order. I truly believe it's best that they work things out themselves (within reason).
    When it's all said and done, my rooster is worth his weight in gold. [​IMG]
     
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    Wish we could have a roo.
     
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Great job Mr. Roo, [​IMG] perhaps the gals were fighting over who took whose favorite grub
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm a bit teary now...my wonderful, departed Hawkeye used to do that all the time. He was so subtle about it and so gentle, that if I didn't watch closely, I'd miss it. A good rooster is good for far more than just fertilizing eggs.
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I have 4 roosters that break up fights like that, and my BR is now grooming my giant cochin to do the same.

    A good rooster is a great asset to a flock.

    Protector

    Peacekeeper

    Procreator

    The 3 P's that are the sign of a good rooster.
     
  6. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know what you mean...my white EE rooster would take care of fights just like that and he'd distract them by finding imaginary goodies on the ground. I never had to interfere. I do miss him and will again find one as good as he was.
    I just love roosters!
     
  7. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting.
    I don't think I could ever have a flock without having a rooster. They truly are something.
     
  8. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everytime my roo gives me grief for picking up one of the girls, it does kind of make me smile because its his job to protect.

    Thats a good roo you have.

    It wouldnt be the same to have chickens with out a roo in my opinion.
     
  9. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, I agree with having a roo if you can. It just makes the whole chicken world complete.

    Never having a roo and experiencing the wonderful, almost can you believe the hens love their roo that much....watching the hens preen, and actually pick food off his beek to make him pretty, and desirable for the other hens to enjoy, is hard to conceive.

    Especially after the big fights to rights!

    It of course is all part of the chickens being a flock bird...and the roo making the flock complete.

    Just love the crowing too, makes the country seem complete, some way, some how?

    bigzio
     
  10. Rooster Ray

    Rooster Ray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could not agree more I love my Rooster also.
     

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