If you’ve been following my stories about Broody Abby and Pip, you know that our flock now has two roosters.
He’s my “Gentleman Rooster” who woos the ladies with all the smooth moves, waits patiently for them to eat treats and scratch before he does and stands guard when they dirt bathe.
He’s turning 18 weeks tomorrow and is starting to wonder why none of the ladies like him.
He stands guard, too, mostly from the roosts or the window of the coop, and he tries to point out good things for the hens to eat, imitating what he’s seen his papa do.
They ignore him in favor of Dots.
Dots has him regulated to the window and rafters.
They have never really fought. Pip has a healthy respect for papa and all Dots has to do is buck-buck, ruffle feathers and run at him in the right tone of voice and Pip returns to his designated areas.
Chastised and sulky, but without injury.
Dad thinks we need to get rid of one of them.
But… We have twelve hens in the coop and eighteen chicks in the brooder who are almost ready to leave it.
At least six of those are girls who might find Pip attractive as a mate/protector someday.
And Pip is ours. Our home-grown baby boy who didn’t come from a store or hatchery. He came from our farm, our stock.
I don’t want to get rid of him. I feel that the flock is big enough to sustain two, maybe three, roosters. So long as they get along well.
Pip, being raised in the coop all winter with Momma, Papa and his “aunties” does seem to have a healthy respect for Papa’s rules. There have been no challenges and all the pecking has been the hens pecking to warn him off.
Very little chaos.
For those of you reading this…. how many roosters do you have? Do they get along in the same space? Can Pip and Dots possibly cohabitate and learn to work as a team? Or am I just deluding myself? Will I someday have to choose between Little Dude’s favorite rooster (Dots) and the baby chick (Pip) we raised this year?
(In case anyone is wondering, any of the new brooder bunch chicks who are boys, I intend to rehome or send to freezer camp, so as of right now, none of them are in contention to be keepers.)