Cock-a-doodle… Stew!

May 17, 2012 | 2 comments

     Yesterday was the Big Day for our six-week-old chickens.  They are pretty well feathered out now and the weather has warmed up, so yesterday was Moving Day.  Farmer Nyel transferred them from their big cardboard box (with heat lamp) in our back room to their newly refurbished coop outside.  In excited anticipation, one of the Silver Laced Wyandottes gave a hoarse and incomplete – but very distinctive – cock-a-doodle-doo!
     Somehow, the fact that this young hen has turned out to be a rooster is all my fault!  I knew from the day his comb began to show, which was very early indeed, that all was not well in our makeshift henhouse.  I mentioned it several times and, wouldn’t you know, I am getting the blame.  I have repeatedly expressed my concern about several other “hens” and I am sure I’ll be credited with their ‘transformation’ as well!
     So far, Sir Wyandotte is quite docile – even wimpy in my opinion.  When I tried to take his photograph yesterday afternoon, he cleverly managed to surround himself with his coop-mates most of the time.  He didn’t seem ready to strut his stuff quite yet – probably waiting until he has his crowing perfected.
     We are actually hoping that he continues his understated ways.  Our friend Larry Holland, far more experienced in the ways of chickens than we are, maintains that a flock is happier and more manageable with a rooster in charge.  Maybe.  But every rooster we’ve ever had has eventually turned mean – mean to the hens and mean to the humans.  So, if that is the case again, it will be the stewpot for Mr. Wyandotte! 

2 Comments

  1. Anne Kepner

    He is so pretty!

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  2. Stephanie Frieze

    Yes, he’s very cute and I hope he escapes the stew pot!

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