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Friday, October 1, 2010

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo!


For a while, we weren't sure. We were fairly certain that we had a rooster, but not definite. Now, it's certain, 100% sure! Caramel, one of our birds, is a rooster. We found out that roosters have these distinct "saddle feathers" that hens don't. And we don't want roosters: they don't lay, they can be aggressive, and they crow! They crow very loudly, and we really don't want that. If it turns into a big problem, we might have to *gulp* get rid of him.
What's worse, almost all roosters crow before they turn 4 months of age. Caramel is 3 1/2 months old.
Not that there aren't advantages to having a rooster. Of course there are. People with roosters in their flocks say that roosters can be adorably sweet, bringing treats to their hens. Also, I heard that one "roo" fought off a fox that that had gotten into the coop. He lost all his tail feathers and hasn't grown them back 6 months later, but he saved the lives of all the hens and his own.
Of course, Caramel is 3 1/2 months...

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