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EricJohn

Remember Than Infernal Rooster That Was Haintin Me Last Year

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Well he's mine now!

A couple of weeks ago I was out at the barn to feed up one morning and darn if that little guy wasn't hangin around my chicken pen, flirtin with my hens.

After gettin my Boarder Collie Mandy out there with me and couple of blown attempts due to the barn cat trying "help" and our Boston Terrier trottin up to see what all the commotion was about, me and Mandy got him in the chicken coop.

Now who says you can't herd chickens?!

He's only about half the size of my hens but that doesn't dissuade him from struttin around and given them the business.

We call him Tag, short for "tag your it" cause that's what he'll do ya when your not lookin and your between him and "his" hens.

He's not big enough to hurt you. Maybe in the summer on bare skin, but for now he just tags you leg then runs away.

Kinda like counting coup. :P

He's got spunk and I like that.

I've already seen a boost in their egg production and now the yolks are thicker and darker yellow.

I'm assuming, not knowing that much about chickens, theat he may be "fertilizing" those eggs.

When the weather warms up, i'm gonna mark a few and leave them in there for the hens to sit.

Might have a few biddies in a little while thanks to my free rooster, Tag. :happy0203:

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I get my fresh eggs from my neighbor, 75c a dozen. Cheaper than keeping chickens!

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He doesn't have the coloration of a Banny, but since he's so small I suppose he could be.

He's a rip snorter just the same no matter what he is.

He did have him a lame foot when I caught him, so I imagine he had a pretty good scrap with something that got him lookin for the comforts of pen as opposed to roughing it in the brush.

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Banties come in all different colors, so if he's small he's probably one. As for the fertile eggs, look real close for a white spot on the yolk, that is the fertile spot where the sperm went in. Also, you'll have to wait until you have a broody hen to set on the eggs. Then it 21 days you'll have little peeps :)

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Banties are always full of spunk, love his name! Gonna get us a picture? :happy0203:

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I will probably never own chickens/roosters due to the fact that when I was a child we had a MEAN rooster. Attacked me and ONLY ME! Nearly every day one summer he'd go after me while walking to and from the barn but my parents wouldn't take me serous!!! I was a tiny little thing and one day while walking into the house he jumped on me, I scremed and fell when I tried to kick him off me. My mom FINALLY saw it through the window and my dad went and got his gun and shot him. Thank the lord!!! I will never trust those darn things!!

And my dad bought him at a sale because he was "pretty" ha.

But good luck with yours!! hopefully he stays little!

( I hope I don't have nightmares from this post :blink: )

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oz~you are so wise!! Haha!! But then owning them would annoy the heck out of my idiot neighbors and that would give me MUCH joy!! Yes, must have crowing rooster...very vocal and loud...teeheeeheee

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I hear the hens cackle when they drop an egg. That's close enough. They make my eyes swell shut.

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Then a Banty he is.

I don't know what kind of hens these are. Big and white. I bought them a couple of Easters ago out of the Easter chick cages at the feed store. I bought five for $10 thinking a couple would just die off. i did not ahve a lot of confidence in the husbandry of the feed store workers. But all of them lived to adults. One got her head stuck in the fence, another one got a cough last winter and died. I'm not sure how long a chicken is supposed to live but the rest seem to be good and healthy. All my hens are already sitting eggs, I just take them away every day.

I don't mind the cost of keepin them it's threaputic(sp)for me. They're fun to watch.

I a couple of pics but they are of him running away so they're kinda blurry. I'll try to get a better on and post it.

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If they're white and meaty, probably White Rocks. White and skinny looking is usually a White Leghorn.

We're talking about getting some chickens around here. My mother in law is wanting to get a few Bantams. I'm thinking Aracaunas though.

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I get my fresh eggs from my neighbor, 75c a dozen. Cheaper than keeping chickens!

Well, yeah, but you're missing out on the constant entertainment. There's not much funnier than a running hen.

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My neighbor had chickens who loooved to come pecking through our field. I absolutely loved watching them and BOY were they fun to chase! My daughter (two yrs at the time) was hardly fast enough to do anything but stir them up. She was always looking for eggs, it was hard to explain they only roost in their coop. I would love to have chickens one day!

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I had a little chicken who wouldn't lay an egg,

I poured hot water up and down her leg.

Chickie cried, Chickie begged,

Chickie laid a hardboiled egg!

:rotf: :rotf:

Jack, interesting way to get hens to lay eggs. Does warm water get you soft boiled eggs?

I've have heard of dunking hens that are brooding, into cold water to stop them sitting on the eggs.

I'm with nightdreamer, childhood trauma with a trained fighting rooster put me off close contact with any kind of bird.

EricJohn, you can rope chickens, you just have to be a heeler not a header and use a twine lasso. Works well when the darn things escape and you don't want to get close or touch them. {{{shudder}}}

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I had to laugh when I read your description of your Tag being half the size of your hens..... after last year's tales I thought he was a HUGE man-eating rooster with an evil eye. Instead you have a pint sized terror. We had a couple of Japanese Silkie Bantam Roosters. Thankfully ours were very congenial- probably because there were no hens to fight over or become aggressive over.

Best of luck with your endeavors.

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Ooooo.. I love fresh eggs. That's the only kind of egg I'll eat, if I can help it.

I don't have a roo, and no intention of getting one, but I know lots of people who say having a roo almost doubles egg production!

Love the name, Tag, btw, but uh... this post is pretty worthless without a pic.... just sayin'.

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