Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Chicken Adventures - The Bachelor Duo is No More
Today I let the hens out into the world. They were more than ready for it. A couple of them were literally charging the door to the coop/stall whenever I went in.
You know that old saying be careful what ya wish for and all.
The hens never made it more than a couple of feet away from the coop door. I designed the gates on the outside fence so the chickens could run through them and the fence itself isn't more than four feet tall anyway. Yet the hens refused to cross the outer barrier.
The hens seemed content though to wander around in the hallway I created and the adjacent stall near the coop and the nesting boxes. They even left a couple of eggs.
The roosters would come up to the back gate that opens out into the main barn where the sheep stay and peer in at the hens. Yet neither team rooster nor team hen appeared ready to mix it up. Then after the day was mostly over the roosters made their play.
I quickly figured out that Bullwinkle needs his name changed to Romeo or Casanova. He immediately took an interest in one of the Americuna hens. He would come up to her and extend his wing out then run over and get some food out of the feeder and bring it to her all gentlemanly like. Bullwinkle was soundly rejected by each hen. One of the older black hens even chased him away pecking at him.
Rocky on the other hand wasn't having none of this chicken equality courtship crap. He saw what he wanted and there wasn't going to be any argument. Thanks for the memories chicky. Off to the next one.
Guess which one had the good time? There is a lesson here for all the nice guys out there I think.
Finally one of the hens jumped up a mouse and Rocky actually chased it down and killed it then ran off with his prize leaving Bullwinkle to figure out that in the world of chicken romance nice guys errr roosters finish last. Eventually even Bullwinkle's patience ran out and he asserted himself a little more. By the time evening hit the hens were looking very wore out and not pleased by the invading rooster team.
Rocky went back to the bachelor pad but Bullwinkle decided he was staying with the hens and got shut in the coop for the night.
It appears that the dynamic rooster duo bachelor roost is no more. Maybe Bullwinkle's strategy will pay off more in the long run especially if Rocky gets eaten by something.
One of the Red hens did finally fly over the fence about an hour before sunset to get away from Rocky. Rocky seemed to favor the two young Red-Sex link hens more than the others and they were not happy about his attentions. That one Red hen was the only one I saw leave the immediate coop area and she quickly ran back.
I still haven't received the other six hens I am suppose to get so these girls were getting a bit more attention than they should be. The pickup time got pushed back until tomorrow but the hens needed out of that stall. When the new hens get here I will lock em up again for a few days and start the cycle all over.
Not sure if I will leave Bullwinkle in with them or not.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!