A time out for junior…

The most sweetest teenage rooster you will meet.  He will eat out of your hands, follow you around the yard, come when he is called and he will let you pick him up….But when his girls are around, he turns into a hormone driven dog!  I mean Rooster 😉

Junior will be 1 years old in a few weeks.  I look into his eyes every day and see Frankie (his dad). His crow is almost the very same.  He’s not as tall or as heavy as his dad, and he has most of his fathers good qualities except for one… He torments the hens!!!!

He is out of control to the point he is stressing my girls into not laying on regular basis.  I feel so bad for them. The girls look at me like “Really? Do we have to have a Rooster?” He is on them continuously through out the day.  Of course he has 3 or 4 favorites, but not one is safe.  Great Rooster, he attends to their every need, looks to protector them, nice crow (compared to a lot of other roosters voices), and he is handsome to look at!!Junior April 2016

I don’t want to re-home him. I divided the coop and he has own section and the girls have theirs.  I let Junior out first thing in the mornings while the ladies fight over nesting boxes. I then switch them out and the girls get the yard to free range after 1 pm. In the past I have put saddles on my hens for over breeding.  This was more than over breeding. Junior is WAY out of control to almost stupid rough and I can’t take the stress anymore. Junior gets a Time out!

I’m dissapointed…Maybe he will calm down in 6 to 8 months (I’m hoping), but in the meantime, this is how it will have to be…. I do feel bad, he LOVES them, but I’m tired of seeing missing feathers from necks and heads and my girls running away from him instead of to him.

My hens are back to laying eggs every day and all is calm in my backyard world 🙂

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Giving away the Rooster(s)

I had the hard task of finding a good home for the two roosters that I couldn’t use in my small flock. They were just turning 3 months and I knew that I was running out of time before all hell would break out in my grow out pen with only two pullets in it.

I knew that it would be a challenge, mostly because some owners of chickens view roosters as expendable or for a better word “dinner.”  That is very understandable and acceptable.  I also know from experience that when you give away or sell anything and place a condition on it, it’s out of your control what happens after you walk away….with that being said; I knew I had to hit the grown running to find “good” home(s) for these two little ones…

My ideal situation for them was a new family starting out with chickens who could have a rooster (not all properties, or town ordinances allow roosters), wanted to breed, or for guarding an existing flock for free range purpose (I guess a dog or donkey could do the same ~ LOL).  I hit a lot of dead ends, but always found someone who would take them off my hands for chicken stock/soup or a meal (they were very honest with me).  For me, that was my very last resort!  My goal if I had NO choice was to ask if they could live long enough to enjoy a winter and full summer with the ladies 🙂

Then one day my phone rang with a dear friend telling me that she found someone who would take both roosters and that they would be on a horse farm with two small flocks of hens.  I was thrilled!!!!!!!  I made arrangements to drop off my birds, I bid farewell, kissed them on their heads, I told them to behave and have a wonderful life!

A week later I was able to see a picture of one of the roosters sitting in a young boys lap. I was so happy to see this little boy with a great big smile hugging my Franky’s off spring. Life goes on and I was able to be part of bringing a little joy to a young boy who will have these memories forever.

I found peace with it, and for someone who has never given away pets ~ that was HUGE for me 🙂  Have a wonderful day all…

~anna