Sunday, April 24, 2016
Sunday Reading - The End of Rocky
We tried to get the rooster out of his aggressive attitude. For the last two months Rocky has been getting more and more irritable and had taken to charging my son whenever he heard him out in the yard or around the barn. Before my son left for Florida I couldn't even get him to help me carry a cattle panel without Rocky coming from out of nowhere and attacking from behind.
Just about everyone was walking around carrying sticks to fend off the aggressive rooster except me since I couldn't really carry a stick and get the work done I needed.
Then a few weeks ago I noticed every time I turned around there was Rocky coming up behind me. When I would notice him he would turn sideways and pretend he was eating but I could tell there was now a problem brewing between us. About this same time several of the hens discovered the front porch on my mom's house and the dogs accepted the hens as members of the farm and stopped chasing them. All seemed to be in harmony between the canine and ground fowl worlds.....
Except for Rocky.
Rocky was NOT happy that his hens were hanging out with the people nor so close to the dreaded evil dogs. He got to where he was stalking any human who was out in the yard or around the barn and was being really mean to the hens when he could catch em.
I tried feeding him extra treats and acting non-aggressive with him but nothing seemed to appease him.
The final straw came yesterday when we had some annual visitors who brought their young children out for lamb petting. Rocky wanted them dead. We had to post a constant guard around the children to make sure they weren't attacked. It didn't help when the hens came up wanting to be petted as well either. This put Rocky in an even fowler (pun intended) mood.
After the visitors had left I went down to the barn to get the mower out and it wouldn't start because the battery was low. While hooking up the booster charger Rocky came up behind me and attacked. Not even me turning around and confronting him got him to stop this time. I had to boot him halfway across the barn and out into the lot to get him to settle down and then he turned on one of the hens and just about pulled her comb off he was so angry.
I will spare you the details after that. Mrs. PP tried to argue in Rocky's defense but I had finally had enough. I am pretty much convinced he wasn't actually getting his job done with the hens anyway as I have looked for fertilized eggs several times and not found any. Roosters are a dime a dozen around here anyway and too easily replaced to put up with an aggressive one no matter how pretty he is. Lately he hadn't even been doing his job with the hens either as his rough behavior was driving several of them away.
Looks like we have an opening for a new rooster now.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!