Update: We have more roosters! Check them out here.
Our resident roosters, or roos, take their jobs very seriously. Red is the oldest and the boss. He was actually hatched here on the farm on Easter Sunday a couple of years ago. He does not like it when I touch or pick up “his” hens. He will fly at me and kick with his feet and spurs. This is known as flogging. He doesn’t do it too much, because he knows I can flog back – much harder.
His actual job is to find goodies and protect the hens from predators or other philandering roos. More than once I’ve gone to the door when I’ve heard Red making a fuss. And I usually find the neighbors’ dogs or a hawk or some threat nearby. He’s good at what he does…including alerting us to the coming dawn!
Eddie is the teenager. He’s more interested in fathering chicks than anything else, but he has to watch himself so that Red doesn’t catch him. If Eddie harasses a hen too much, Red will run over and chest-bump Eddie off of her. Eddie also knows that Red has first dibbs on crowing, so he only makes noise when out of Red’s reach. Eddie has not yet tried flogging, and I’m hoping it stays that way!