Sunday, July 3, 2016
Sunday Reading - A Rooster Update
Our experience with the first two roosters tells me it is still way too early to form much of an opinion on how Reuben will eventually turn out. but so far I must say he is much more of a gentle bird than the other two even started out being.
For one thing he isn't some giant mutant rooster like Rocky ended up being. I think some of the bigger and older hens may actually outweigh him by a few ounces. This seems to put a real safety valve into place because if he pisses off more than one hen at a time he gets himself into some real trouble. I have also witnessed a hen or two smacking him around when he gets out of control with the crowing thing. It's almost like they tell him "enough already" and send him packing.
Reuben is also getting the job done with the fertilizing part of his job too. After inspecting a few obviously fertilized eggs I knew my suspicions about Rocky were confirmed. Reuben mounts the hens to do his job not to just be an ass.
As a side note I also find it funny how we got no broody hens until after Reuben showed up. Too many variables to make a claim one way or another about this whole "don't need a rooster" thing as being true or not but I suspect a good well mannered rooster who is doing his job properly does help.
Where Rocky was adamant that no hen should be near a human and spent much of his time attempting to bully the hens away from places he didn't want them, Reuben on the other hand just kinda goes with the flow and even joins the hens who like to be near the humans himself. Reuben even allows himself to be petted occasionally and seems to enjoy it. I have not witnessed any hen mounting or crowing right in front of the humans either.
Like I said though Reuben has only been here a few months now. It took Rocky almost a year to start becoming ignorant so we will see what time brings.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!