This year we ended up with a bunch of roosters when we bought chicks. When the fox got into the hen house he got all them but one – Rooster Boy (RB).
Roosters in the hen house can be a blessing if they are gentle with the hens and keep a watch on them when they are out free ranging. I have read about roosters like this but never had one.
This year when RB survived we decided to see how he turned out rather than send him to freezer camp in the spring. RB was like the bird from the children’s story about chicken little he was afraid of everything/ He was the first to run into the hen house if even a crow flew over and cast a shadow. By the time this personality trait was revealed he was too old for anything but making stock and the general consensus was to let him go until fall butchering when we took our flock down to winter size. He was so afraid of life he did not bother the hens. Rb was causing no problems other than eating food and not laying a darn egg. Two weeks ago that all changed. Suddenly he was interested in the hens and was not just interested in making chicks, but he would chase them around mercilessly, pulling feathers and scraping their backs with his feet. Even in the night when they should all be rooster he was interested in getting his female fix. We were finding eggs all over, even in the middle of the floor because he would chase them out of the nest boxes. There was no calm in the hen house. RangerSir was of the opinion that he needed to go, but neither of us wanted to butcher when we were having record heat last weekend, so RB got a reprieve. This week when I came home RangerSir advised me that RB was going this week no matter what. So today it was bye bye rooster boy. The remaining flock will now have to find a new pecking order now that he is out of the way and hopefully they will be able to get back to the business of being the happy hens who lay eggs.