My yard rooster recently lost his mate.
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.
I was afraid that putting him in the coop would cause new problems but it seems to have solved some old ones.
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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