Thursday, February 04, 2010

Hanging up the hatchet

The handsome and burly bird on the right? Our third rooster. The "science" of sexing newborn chicks could use some new talent.

The photograph doesn't do this bird justice. Darlene (I don't choose the names!) has a silky white neck ruff,  his back is splashed with gold and gray, his long tail feathers are an iridescent emerald green, and he's absolutely gorgeous.
 
But he does rude things to the hens accompanied by violent squawking, which is embarrassing when you're trying to chat with a neighbor. I could live with that, except he also crows for about an hour just before daybreak and therefore, by the law of our suburb, has to go. I'm listening to him crow as I type, just him and the garbage trucks. Someone is going to complain, it's only a matter of time.

I'm done with do-it-yourself culling. The Humane Society says they'll take Darlene, though they can't promise to find him a home. Even if they eventually euthanize him, I assume it will be done via needle, which can only be easier than the messy executions meted out to Floppy and Arlene. 

Anyway, they do have some success pushing the roosters, so fingers crossed. 


10 comments:

  1. That's a shame. He is gorgeous. Here's hoping the proverbial farm in the country shows up for Darlene.

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  2. Wow, he is beautiful. If not for the shipping costs I'd take him and rename him Darledward.

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  3. Pretty amazing bird! I'm glad he has a chance.

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  4. You are right to turn to the humane society. There is no way I could help you off that rooster.

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  5. So what are your stats now? Maybe 3 for 12?

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  6. Azure Song -- We've bought 24 baby chicks and had 3 roosters. This one was my favorite.

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  7. Darlene??? I love the name. Are you sure you don't want to find a different sort of home for him (um, like a coq au vin kind of home)?

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  8. If I ever have a flock of chickens, I'll be checking the humane society before breeders... never would have thought of that.

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  9. oh mom you know that name was your idea :P

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