Since last Autumn, we have lost seven hens (five to migrating hawks and two to extremely low overnight temperatures) and two roosters (to our puppy – who is, coincidentally, no longer our puppy). This spring, our flock will need to be replenished. We had been planning to have the hens hatch some chicks this time around in lieu of ordering day-olds from the feed store, but without our roosters that would prove an impossible task!
Luckily, we know a few fowl keepers and were able to get ourselves two beautiful broody hens and a lovely Australorp rooster. We brought them home this evening, put them into the chicken coop, and… they immediately hopped right on out of there to explore the farm in the dwindling daylight. A few of our hens decided to check them out, and the rooster immediately tried to mount them, causing quite a fuss in the hen yard. The girls were squawking and flapping around, tossing feathers this way and that, not at all sure what to make of the newcomer who seemingly had no manners to speak of.
I have a feeling that a few of those hens will make short work of showing the new roo who’s in charge of the coop – he certainly isn’t!