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More chook talk

BJM asked for more pics of Spoon and Chel, on account of they are funny. Here’s Spoon and Po, back when Po still had a big, round, poofy girly crest. All my boys looked like girls until they were almost three months old.

And Deborah HH asked how I feel about the boys, since I had resisted have a rooster for so long.

I like my boys. Males have lots of strut and personality. Unfortunately, they can be crazy aggressive with each other (and with people, too, though none of mine are). I spend a lot of my day shuffling cockerels around to make sure everyone gets some garden time.

I’m sure it’s pretty miserable for the boys in captivity. They particularly hate seeing other cockerels having sex, and I make sure certain hens only go with certain boys (they have definite preferences).

The alternative was death. Experienced chicken keepers, even of hobby flocks, toughen up and kill their excess boys. I couldn’t. It would ruin the whole chicken experience for me.

I’m told if you have enough room and enough girls, you can keep multiple boys without incident. In fact, I’ve seen it. One of my chook suppliers has a mixed flock that seems to get along pretty well.

All-girl flocks are just fine, and I’m not sure I’d seek out another cockerel in future. To build such a flock, though, means getting chickens from someone else and choosing a breed you can sex at an early age. You want them young enough that they will get used to handling, but old enough that you can reliably spot the girls. For Pekins, that’s about six weeks.

This will rule out Polands for me in the future, sadly, as it’s months before you can tell for sure. It also rules out incubating my own eggs, which is even sadder. I loved hatching eggs!

p.s. did I mention roosters are noisy as hell?


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 15, 2020, 9:13 pm

p.s. did I mention roosters are noisy as hell?

Mrs D, City girl, wanted to know why the roosters in East Texas were crowing at 2:00 PM.

I expect I’ll be getting hit for smiling at these sorts of questions once we finally move to Sleepalot on a permanent basis.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: April 16, 2020, 12:53 pm

Do you feel just a little like a pimp?

Comment from weasel again
Time: April 16, 2020, 6:25 pm

Oh, Mrs Peel, I feel completely icky deliberately putting hens in with roosters. Like, ‘who wants to sleep with Uncle Mo tonight?’

I give the lucky girl extra corn for her trouble. Which somehow is even worse.

At least chicken sex is not very demanding.

Comment from Drew45.8
Time: April 16, 2020, 7:09 pm

With several roosters, I hope your neighbors are far away, deaf, and very understanding. I’ve lived near roosters, and often thought of garrotes and shotguns.

Maybe these days they make rooster masks. Prevents crowing and helps spread avian flu?

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 16, 2020, 7:19 pm

At least chicken sex is not very demanding.

You’re doing it wrong.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 16, 2020, 8:45 pm

Thank you, Stoaty. I think I’ll stick to hens if I get chickens.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 16, 2020, 9:49 pm

@Pupster – It is quite rare that I read something that makes me literally laugh out loud. Thank you sincerely.

I am of course reminded of an ancient aphorism:

Kinky is using a feather. Perverted is using the whole chicken.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 16, 2020, 10:07 pm

If you think roosters are “noisy as hell”, you haven’t spent any time around peacocks!!!

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