Harvest Thyme Homestead has grown out of a love for the simpler times of life. Its roots begin in a belief in one's self and that in time, the harvest of one's hard work will create a place called home.....with a few sheep, goats, chickens, cats, dogs, 2 miniature horses, & 3 alpacas added in for good company & fiber.
Friday, March 6, 2009
My little farm in the country is a constant learning experience:
some are joyous and fill my heart with warmth, some frustrate me to many different levels, some make me cry and break my heart, some just annoy me, some make me swear really bad, and then some just make me say, "What the heck?"
Today was a combination of the following:
frustration because I am new to raising chickens and don't know everything about them; it was definitely a "What the heck?"; then came the small group of random swear words; and a little saddness because I lost something.
Everything was totally fine this morning when I left for school; however when I came home one of the chickens was dead inside the chicken coop. She was laying face down right by the opening to go outside. None of the chickens are sick so that was ruled out right away. And after looking around I noticed that the one really large rooster had blood on his head. The neck on the chicken that was dead was broke once I examined her.
These are the two roosters. The one right in front is a silver-laced Wyandott and I am not sure what the one in the back is (he was the "free chick when I ordered them last year) but he is the one with the blood on his head.
He is a HUGE rooster and has been getting aggressive with the girls, particularly mounting them and grabbing them by the neck. I am thinking he broke her neck.......is that possible??
He was really going after the girls this afternoon I noticed, the silver-laced rooster is much more mild, though he is not free of guilt in doing the same thing.
My Questions on the Dilemma:
So then is this what often happens in the spring when the weather starts to break, meaning the rooster get aggressive with the girls?
I obviously do not want to stress the girls out so I am thinking of putting him out or even both of the roosters out of the coop.
Does anyone have any insight on letting roosters just run the yard? Would they be okay? Would they be destructive to my plants?
I do not think my cats would bother them because the roosters are so large yet I don't want the roosters harshing the cats either.
I also do not want to attract any "outside visitors" by letting them roam the yard.
Or should I just trash these ideas and just have them "taken care of"?
There is no love loss between me and the roosters but I do really like the girls so I want what is best for them.
There was a meeting of the minds with the baby LaManchas in the barn tonight to possibly come up with an answer but they were really more interested in climbing on my legs and jumping off.
But thats okay because those are the experiences on the farm that I love:)
If you have time and are reading, I would appreciate any insight you have!