Friday, March 23, 2012

meet Tiny


I don't think I've properly introduced Tiny, our (rather huge) red Wyandotte, 3-ish year old rooster. We acquired Tiny when Diane, whom we bought our very first pullets from, contacted us about adopting him, as he had been thoroughly roughed up by one of her other roosters, and was in a bit of a sad state. She found the poor guy laying in the driveway, feet sticking straight up in the air, upon her return home one day. I readily and thankfully accepted her offer, as we needed a really good rooster to look after the hens. And Tiny is just that - truly, a good rooster - with all the wonderful qualities of a stellar protector.


He excels at finding the tastiest bits for the hens to eat, and lets them eat first always. He stands tall in the field, watching over the girls and sounding his warning crow when danger lurks near. He waits patiently outside the barn door until the last hen is safely inside for the night. He even lost a few tail feathers fending off goodness-knows-what one evening when we were a few minutes late in locking up the coop. And, of course, Tiny knows how to fancy dance and strut his stuff, ensuring proper fertilization of as many eggs as is rooster-ly possible, I dare say.


And, my, how Tiny's crows make the baby smile! Even when she was in the womb, I felt her react to his vocalizations. His transition to our home was a delightful one in this way. Although his original owner said she knew him to be very quiet, once he was here, with all confidence restored and a job to do, he crowed readily! And that made us all happy. His comb may look a tad mangled from his past life, but he's still regal (if not even a bit humble) in spirit and in deed, this rooster of ours.

14 comments:

  1. Jaime, we had a spectacular blue laced Wyandotte rooster who was a quiet wallflower until he suddenly ended up in the top rooster position (sudden heart failure took the alpha rooster). Our fellow (Blue) stepped up to the plate and was most gentlemanly, caring tenderly for the hens (as your is) and was ever watchful for hawks. He's gone now as well, and we miss him so :( I think the hens do too...

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    1. Aw :( Thanks for sharing that - a good rooster is a treasure for sure. It sounds like you have some wonderful fond memories of Blue.

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  2. there is nothing like the power of a good rooster. i find myself relying so heavily on our rooster some days. to think some places don't allow you to keep a rooster along with your chickens.

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  3. He is absolutely lovely! I have my Kees, who tends to be a little on the hysterical side, but is still a lovely and alert (sometimes too much so) boy.

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    1. When we first got Tiny, he was hyper-alert to everything, too. He's mellowed out, though :)

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  4. Ah, thanks for the introduction. He is an amazing creature I can tell. You've also take some absolutely lovely photos, but then I am a sucker for chickens....so I might be an easy audience! Have a great day!

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  5. Hi Jamie....Being a former city girl, I didn't realize how protective a rooster is for his hens. I just have hens...maybe, I should consider adding a rooster. I have two different chicken houses because mine were bought one year apart. I didn't want to put the young ones in with the older chickens. Here is the funny thing...when I go to pen them up at night, the chickens go repectively to their own house. It is like they know which house is home.

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    1. Yes, I think they do form that habit of where home is very early on. I've really enjoyed having a rooster around, and for the hens I feel it's a very natural way to live. I've heard some stories about not-so-good roosters, so it's important to find one with the right temperament.

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  6. Nice to meet you Tiny! It sounds like you are doing an excellent job caring for your flock! I'm glad you found such a good home! :)

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  7. What a gentleman! Seriously, I never knew that roosters were so protective of their ladies!

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  8. We have always had a rooster until our recently passed away from old age....I miss that sound! It is also fun to incubate and hatch eggs. We have done that several times and it is so fun to watch them hatch out. They do "strut their stuff" Love your first photo of him...gorgeous!

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  9. It's wonderful to have a good rooster! Good looks are nice, but personality and demeanor are really what counts. Tiny is a very regal looking guy.

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