The Saga of the Strange Rooster
I looked out the window Monday afternoon to see a red chicken coming out of the woods and trying to get into our garden where our chickens were scratching in the dirt for bugs. I did a head count to make sure ours were all there. Yes, 12 hens and the rooster. Then I went around to check on this new one.
A Rhode Island Red Rooster that looked like a young one. I have no idea where he came from as the closest 3 houses don't have chickens and are at least 1/4 mile away. We corralled him and opened the gate, so he ran in. Ours let him feed and even go in the chicken yard for a drink, but they wouldn't let him roost with them.
The next day I found him outside the fence again trying to get in and opened the gate for him again. It's so much easier with our chickens who aren't afraid of me and let me just pick them up. Poor thing kept just throwing himself against the fence to get in. Chickens aren't the smartest of animals but so much fun to watch-they are just like in the cartoons.
I'm including the photos of our chickens. The rooster is a Plymouth Rock. There are 5 Buff Orpingtons-the golden ones-5 Rhode Island Reds, and 2 Sex Links. They are all big hens and good egg layers.