Saturday, March 25, 2017
pecking order adjustment bureau...
If you've followed this blog for any period of time...you know that up until recently we've had no rooster amongst the hens. It's been a few months since we "fired" all our previous roosters and things have settled in the barn a bit. Although I have noticed that there has been some fighting in the hen ranks (pecking order adjustments per the unwritten rules manual of chickens).
So the other day I decided maybe we should re-introduce a rooster back into the mix and maybe his presence might settle any differences that may still be brewing amongst the girls.
Craigslist to the rescue. Found a most beautiful Ameraucana rooster at a nearby farm. Off we went to make the deal and pick him up the first of this week.
He's settling in nicely it seems. (The photo above was taken moments after we put him in with the girls. He didn't waste any time finding his way around the perches). He is skiddish and shy when I come around (which I'm completely fine with...no sign of him being aggressive or one of those roosters you have to carry a stick around, YEAH!)
I haven't seem him shag any of our hens just yet...that might take some time...and I'm sure they'll figure this out. His crow is nice and strong but not annoying like some we've had in the past.
Hopefully he will prove to be a nice addition to the barnyard metrics...add some balance and calming energy to the mix...and will inspire a fun name.
All roosters must have a name of course. More to come on that...