Sunday, February 19, 2012

Signs of Spring: Chickens

The Rooster Condo returned to the pasture today.

During the winter months, the roosters stay with the hens. However, as the days lengthen and warm, the rooster's becomes quite randy.

This morning, I noticed a young hen had lost some back feathers.

I considered my options: I could leave the rooster in with the hens and let the hens go bald on their backside; I could buy them capes (I kid you not. Poultry catalogs sell capes to protect the hens' backs); I could move the rooster to the Rooster Condo until a week before I need fertilized eggs.

My decision will make many hens happy, and one rooster quite unhappy.... at least for now.

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