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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Just Roosters

I was feeding my chickens some leftover corn bread and I made a few observations. I thought you might like to know what I found out about these guys. One thing I noticed was as I would break up the corn bread in little pieces and the roosters didn't think it was small enough for the hens, so they would break it apart and offer it to the hens. They never as far as I could tell take a bite. I thought, " How sweet, they are always thinking of the hen before they think of themselves.

When I have had 2 roosters in a single flock, I have noticed that one rooster will be very giving and the other one will be very selfish. Not these guys though, both of them are always putting their hens before themselves and giving the best bits and are always working to see that the hens are taken care of and protected. I noticed yesterday that this little black one even went after the mean old hen that rules the roost with an iron beak. She is so mean that the other night I went out because I could hear commotion in the hen house and she was power pecking the hens who wanted to get on her roost. She had two whole roosts to herself. I threatened her with harsh words with ax, soup pot, and dinner in my conversation with her. She didn't listen.

I really do enjoy watching these guys. The way they just march across the yard. Little pompous guys. I don't keep roosters so my older hens see them as just a pain and you can hear heavy sighing from the older ones because they crow, they chase the hens and try to pull neck feathers. Because these roosters are so much smaller than the big hens, the older hens can out run them. So in the early morning when I let them out of the chicken house, hens and roosters go racing around the yard.

This is the only hen I have now that has all of her feathers. She is also one of my friends. I tried to get all three of my friends that go out with me each morning  in one shot but none of them would stay in one place as they followed me around. It always makes me happy to have my three friends.
Hobo is my little dog cat. She follows me around like a little dog. So with the chicken and the cat and of course the dog.
I always feel funny when I am going for my walk in the morning and I am being followed by a dog, a cat and a hen.
I am glad there is no one out there in the mornings.

Just some odds and ends today, I hope you are having a lovely fall day.
We will have summer for a few days this week, but fall is winning.
Bye for now,
~Kim~

18 comments:

  1. Cute company for your walk. Everytime I see your dog, I think you should have named her skunk ;))))))

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  2. thanks for sharing your sweet friends with us. :)

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  3. Haha, I wish I could see you with your trail of animals. All three follow you around, and only one is actually a dog! Poor confused animals...

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  4. Good afternoon Kim. Your Silkies are just beautiful, and such wonderful company. I now cannot imagine life without chickens. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Autumn day, greetings from Maine, Julie.

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  5. Kim ~ your little farm family is just beautiful. I would feel proud to take a walk and have my dog, cat and one of my hens following me. Just like the Pied Piper of Hamilin. My Rosie follows me around the yard and I love her company ~!

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  6. So, that hen wouldn't listen, huh?? I am picturing that scene and laughing!! I would love to see you walking with "all" your friends...I am sure that is a sweet sight! Your hibiscus is lovely. I know you are pleased that your "experiment" worked. Can't wait to hear how it tastes when you make the tea! So glad things (and YOU!) are "looking up"!

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  7. how i would love to see a photo of you
    on one of your walks with your dog, cat,
    and chickens.

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  8. Hello, to funny.... But sure would love to see the little parade....sweet chickens, Blessings Francine.

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  9. You ARE the mother hen! Loving care means that you are rewarded by loyal followers ...and I'm one of them and gladly so!
    I have been so blessed every time I visit with you and thank you so much for praying.

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  10. How sweet of those roosters to care so well for their hens. I learn so much about chickens from your blog.

    I'd give almost anything to see you out walking in the morning, being followed by a dog, cat and hen. Sweet.

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  11. I can picture you being accompanied by your faithful friends on your walk. At least you are never alone. It must be very cute to see.
    Hugs. JB

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  12. Oh I remember my grandmother feeding her chickens corn bread...oh wow, that was over three decades ago...your roosters are just great...what a calming affect I sure they have on you and your walk

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  13. Cute post. Love all the pics.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  14. I always enjoy your post so much. The pictures are great.

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  15. Hi Kim! The speckled hen is so pretty!
    My chicken friend gives her girls chocolate milk! They love it!

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  16. chickens have such personality but I'm still glad you've got them and not I -grin-.

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  17. I just stopped by to say hello and give you a hug. Have a good day!

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