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post #31 of 48 Old 10-13-2012, 07:16 PM
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LMBO!! touche'. great answer.
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post #32 of 48 Old 10-15-2012, 10:43 AM
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If they are just pet chickens leave the lights off. It does wear them out quicker. Chickens are actually fairly long lived. I had a rooster go almost 15 yrs. I've had an awful lot make it past 10 yrs. I suspect they may make it longer in a predator free zone but here unfortunately once they slow down and get a little less observant something seems to get them.

I used to give mine black oil sunflower seeds during the molt. I actually always gave them some, just upped it during naked chicken season.
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post #33 of 48 Old 10-15-2012, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!! Roosters can live 15 years????? Lord help us all!!!

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post #34 of 48 Old 10-15-2012, 11:25 AM
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I heavily insulated my coop. Between in and my insulated house, I can barely, if at all, hear my rooster crowing.
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The problem got bad when we fixed the night security light. He was in a pen right under it and crowed all night. Yesterday I turned him loose. I took his one hen (that he was beating up badly) and put her in my main coop. He came after me over that, but my husband defended me with a broom. He slept on top of his old pen last night right under the light, but I think that he was so tired from his yard bird adventures that he was too tired to party all night. Either that or I was and I slept through it.

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post #36 of 48 Old 10-15-2012, 12:39 PM
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All night partying AND attacking you? When are you changing his name to Earl?
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post #37 of 48 Old 10-15-2012, 02:08 PM
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Beating up or too amorous? The favorite lady does usually get battle scarred. Nice little T-rex cousins that they are.

I usually do allow them to defend their young or their ladies. Beyond that it's soup.
Too many nice, free roosters around to keep a mean one and the hens aren't particularly thrilled by roosters anyway.

Do not show fear or you have created a soup chicken. I've had roos launch themselves at me and I just grab for their legs and let them dangled upside down for a bit.

Many years ago when my daughter was only 9 or 10 I had this miserable big black rooster. Didn't bother me much I would just launch him into space if he started. One day he attacked my kid and knocked her to the ground. He was in full attack on her by the time I got there. Drop kicked him hard, knocked him out. Took care of my kid first and was planning on getting the gun when behold! an email came from the local farmers group looking for feathered volunteers for a chicken processing class. Rooster went to school. I learned how to process chickens. Best outcome.
Hens didn't miss him a bit.
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We just had chicken and dumplings yesterday. Neighbors roo came over to my yard and thought he was going to run me on my place. Not so much. He was very tasty, and the neighbors had a good time too.

No rooster ever gets to drop a wing or go at me twice. I learned that lesson the hard way.

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post #39 of 48 Old 10-18-2012, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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My rooster seems to have calmed down. He must have read that comment about chicken and dumplings. He has stopped crowing all night, and he is not chasing anybody or anything. He is just hanging around the yard looking pretty.
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My rooster seems to have calmed down. He must have read that comment about chicken and dumplings. He has stopped crowing all night, and he is not chasing anybody or anything. He is just hanging around the yard looking pretty.

Now THERE'S a sensible fellow!
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