As promised, here is an update on Charlie the Rooster! In case you missed it, Charlie was a surprise to us; we weren’t planning on having a rooster. It sometimes happens that when you order sexed chicks, all female, a rooster slips by them. We decided to go with the flow and see what happens, even though we’ve heard of way too many roosters that are mean or don’t get along with others, and have to be re-homed (or worse).
So far, so good with Charlie. We try to talk to him and handle him more, and so far, while he is still skittish of us, he has not shown any signs of meanness. Hubby has held him, and while he didn’t like it, he never got aggressive. He has also seen us handle some of “his girls” when they have put up a fuss, and while he makes some noises and watches, he has not come after us or anything.
That is what we hoped for, and we will hope that continues. He also has not messed with the guinea hens or the older girls (other than one time I’ll go into in a bit).
Charlie did very well in the beginning of keeping his flock together (his flock being the girls who came the same time as him). You can see in the below photos where they are all hanging out on the brush pile, and they’d often be seen there or together in the woods. Our white girl Roxanne was the exception; she would hang out either on her own or with the older girls. As time has gone on, more of the girls have joined Roxanne. I call them “The Rebels”! We don’t know if they are just gaining more confidence and independence, or if they are trying to get away from Charlie’s – er – “attentions”.
It’s so interesting to watch how things go! Charlie will sometimes come looking for these “rebels”, especially in the evening. One night we watched him chase Roxanne around the yard, and the funniest thing to see was him chase her into a group of the older girls, and then watch our older girl, Anne, chase him away!! We laughed and said how Roxy has been adopted by the big girls as one of their own (she hasn’t always gotten away from Charlie though).
For the most part, this big boy seems pretty timid of both the guinea hens and the older girls. The only exception to that was when we saw him trying to mate with our year old Auracana, Kermit. Well, Kermie didn’t really want any of that and she puffed herself right up and challenged him!! They scuffled a bit, but no harm done. We had wondered if he would try to mate with any of the older girls, but so far that’s the only time we’ve seen him try.
So, poor Charlie’s harem has gotten smaller, but he still has Kate and her sister Sabrina, Farrah, Jaclyn, and at least one of the white girls, Shelley. The “rebels” are still seen back hanging with the crowd at times though, so certainly none of this is black-and-white at this point, though Roxy and her sister Jill do seem to avoid that crowd.
Meet two more of the New Girls:
Both Jaclyn and Farrah are also Araucanas, the same breed as Charlie. I find it interesting that they seem to stick closest to him. There is one more Aracauna I have yet to photograph, Shelley, and she has also stuck with that group.
Plus, since I originally started this draft, Charlie and all the girls seem to be hanging out with the rest of the flock more, or at least closer to the coop and house, which makes me happy. I don’t love it when they are all behind the coop and garage where I can’t see them. I also hope this might mean those girls are getting ready to lay eggs, which they’ll hopefully do in the coop!
Charlie is not such a tough guy! I’ve noticed even more on rainy days that he and his “angels” tend to stick in and around the coop, where the other birds are out wandering around in the rain more. He’s fun to watch because he’s often cruising around making little noises, trying to keep his girls together. He often sounds like he’s just muttering to himself.
As far as the crowing? We still love it. In case you, like me, thought that roosters only crowed in the morning…..Charlie crows all day long off and on. We don’t find it disturbing at all. Even the hens can be quite noisy at times, never mind the guinea hens, so listening to birds has become routine. The crowing is just another bird noise to listen to. If he crows very early in the morning, I don’t know it, especially now with the house and coop both mostly closed up on the cooler nights. But the coop is far enough away, I don’t think he would wake me anyway. We are still waiting for our first egg from the new girls, though some act like they are ready. In the photo below, Martha is checking out the little nesting area some of the older girls made in the barn.
The bottom line is that so far having a rooster hasn’t really changed things all that much, other than to make them more interesting! We’ll see what happens as time goes on. Our flock is big enough to handle another rooster, and chances are if the girls hatch their own eggs, we’ll get more. They would have to get along, however, so we would most likely take it one rooster at a time. Hopefully with Charlie as the Dad, any chicks of his would also have his even temperament!
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