Cock-A-Doodle-Two?

Jun 7, 2012 | 2 comments

One of each?

It’s not official yet and I didn’t see it with my own eyes, but Farmer Nyel reports that we have not one but two roosters in our new little flock of six.  And here is why he thinks so:

Yesterday he was in the chicken run ‘communing’ with his feathered friends as he does every evening.  He sits on an upturned bucket with a handful of ‘scratch (mostly cracked corn which chickens love) and talks with his charges.  He has four who are now eating out of his hand and, of course, the idea is to continue the bonding process so that when they became free-rangers they will respond to the sound of “Here, chick, chick, chick” and the rattle of scratch in the coffee can container.  In case of an Eagle Alert or some other emergency.

While the seven of them were thus involved, the for-sure rooster, a Golden Campine, flew to the top of the broody pen and cock-a-doodle-dooed in fine fashion.  Several times.  And, while Farmer Nyel was thinking “rooster: stew pot,” the roo’s twin sister (we thought) flew right up beside him and croaked out a similar sounding cock-a-doodle-doo.

Both of these chickens sprouted combs when they were just days old – way sooner than the other four.  And the rooster we are sure of is now growing a beautiful rooster-like tail.  His twin ‘sister’ is identical except for the tail feathers which still look hen-ish to us.

I’ve read that, in the absence of a rooster, sometimes the alpha hen will take on male behaviors, bossing the other hens around and even crowing.  But this isn’t a case of no-rooster-in-sight.  This is suspiciously like male bonding and mentoring.

I guess we should be glad they aren’t turning into turkeys… or condors even.

2 Comments

  1. Nancy

    Will “he” or “they” become a tasty dish to set before Farmer Nyel? If so, will you partake? Or will the “guy or guys” hang out with the hens?

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  2. Stephanie Frieze

    I love the title of this post! Will you keep them as long as they don’t cock-a-doodle-two too early?

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