February 15, 2016

Moving the Rooster


My yard rooster recently lost his mate.


She was a good hen and they were quite devoted to each other. For a few days he knocked around the barnyard on his own and spent the nights alone on their open-air perch. Then he started hanging around the chicken coop. He'd heard the girls inside, and he was lonely. I laughed when I saw him perched on the tiller where it sat just outside the coop door.


I'd thought about putting him back in the coop now that he's alone. I took this as a "sign" that he wanted in there. He strutted back and forth in front of the coop, beating his wings and crowing. So after I fed the girls, I put a handful of feed on the ground for him and picked him up while he was eating. He's a sweet bird and quite easy to catch. He even enjoys being carried around and doesn't struggle. Yes, I've made him a bit of a pet.


Into the coop he went. He was more interested in their feed and the bowl of spinach stems and leftover mashed potatoes than in the pullets at first. I watched for awhile to be sure they were getting along, and then finished up my feeding chores.

I went back in the afternoon to make sure all was well. The coop is now surprisingly quiet. Even Louise and Thelma, two of the black sex-links, aren't as noisy and gossipy as before.

The rooster pointed out spilled feed on the floor and the girls ate it up. They'd been slinging their pellets out of the feeders and leaving them lying on the floor. Wasteful, wasteful. He's used to foraging so I hope there will be less wasted food.


He's getting along very nicely with his new harem. The girls have settled down a bit and seem to have more important things to do than argue with each other. Louise is the coop queen but she hasn't been as bossy.

I was afraid that putting him in the coop would cause new problems but it seems to have solved some old ones.


I can't remember if he was one of the egg eaters before my old flock escaped from the coop and began free ranging almost two years ago. I might find out the hard way, but I sure hope he doesn't do that. The plywood that leans against the nest boxes and gives the boxes some privacy will help, I think. So far, so good. Egg-eating is another sign of boredom, and I'm trying hard to keep them from being bored.

It was always my plan to have a roo in the coop so that we can dust off the incubator and hatch replacements, even though the chicks will be "barnyard mixes". Plan accomplished.



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6 comments:

  1. How exciting! He certainly is a handsome devil. I hope they continue to get along famously.
    Thank you for joining us on The Maple Hill Hop! You always have something interesting to share. ;0D

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    1. Thank you, Daisy. There's never a dull moment around here!

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  2. That is great he isn't lonely now! What a sweet post:).

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Hi Kathi. We liked your post so much we are Featuring it at our Super Saturday #6. We share a few blog posts that we enjoyed this week. Hope you can stop by!
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    1. Donna, thank you so much for featuring this story on your Super Saturday post. I enjoyed visiting your blog and some of the other posts you featured this week. I wasn't able to comment there since I'm not on Google+, so I hope you'll see this here. Thank you again, and have a great weekend.

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