Tuesday, January 05, 2010

~ Cock - A - Doodle - Do ~



I've been checking Craigslist lately , looking at goats , checking prices and trying to decide what kind of milking goat I want to add to the homestead. On Saturday as I was browsing I found a post for free silkie roosters , I e-mailed the poster to find out if the roosters were aggressive , he e-mailed me back and said they weren't. So I decided I would get the hens a boyfriend (LOL). Sunday afternoon , Dh and I rode out to pick him up. But we came home with 2 young roosters , not sure how that's going to workout , the guy said he really needed to get rid of them because he lived in town. He had hatched 9 eggs a few months ago and out of the 9 had 7 roosters. I ask if they would fight as they got older , he said he didn't think so since we let our chickens free range during the day and they wouldn't be confined to a small area, but he's new to raising chickens too , so I'm not sure about that. I am planning to get 6 more hens soon , so I hope they'll be o.k. , although they'll all be confined during garden season.
Two of the hens are molting , the black one above (Jenny) looks horrible and I've been worried about her. The weather has been frigid lately , in the teens or around 20 at night and barely above freezing during the day for the last week or so , but so far she seems o.k. The hens aren't laying as much now , but we're still getting 2 or 3 eggs a day.
Today I'll be releasing the roosters from their holding pens so they can meet the girls close-up , they're in the chicken coop , but I've kept them separated. Hope they get along well and praying the roosters don't get aggressive with each other or me(LOL). I have a fear of roosters , but it's time to face that fear and move on. I've read that silkies aren't as aggressive as most roosters , so we'll see. If you've ever had two roosters , I would love to hear about your experiences.
~ Warm Blessings ~
JoyceAnn

2 comments:

Piecefulafternoon said...

Well I don't think you really want to hear about my experience with roosters - enough said. :-)

I'm sure your experience will be much better. I do like the sound of a rooster in the morning, since I am already an early riser.

Vickie LeBlanc said...

The sound of a rooster in the morning is lovely music to the ears. I love it. I've never had roosters and I don't know if I'll get some (because of stories I hear :-)) We had one when I was little and he sure was mean. Don't wear any bright colored clothing (old-wives tale me thinks but maybe it works).