Dead Roosters

We have lost a couple of our favorite roosters in the last few days.

On Thursday our old red rooster was found dead.  He was a Speckled Sussex rooster that we got in 2010.  He became our head rooster with nice harem of hens, but then was usurped by our younger Welsummer rooster, now our head rooster.  In his decline I fed him bread from my hand.  I did not think he would make it through last winter, but he certainly did not make it through this one.

 

redspeckledrooster2010

Red speckled rooster 2010

head-rooster-2014

head-rooster-2014

chickens-and-melon-half-2014

harem-and-melon-half-2014

old-rooster-2015

old-rooster-2015

Today we found our white and black rooster dead.  We got him as a “rare exotic chick” with our mail order in Spring, 2014.  He grew up to be what I think was a Lakenvelder rooster.  He had a small harem of mostly white hens, which I thought was interesting.  A few days ago I noticed that he was not looking well, keeping his head down and struggling with eating and drinking.  I checked him over and could not find anything obvious.  I do not know if he got in a fight with something, got an impacted crop (but it did not feel like that), or just became ill.

exotic-and-welsummer-roosters dec 2014

exotic-and-welsummer-roosters 2014

lakenvelder-rooster june 2015

lakenvelder-rooster 2015

free-rare-chick-lakenvelder-rooster-and-his-white-harem april 2016

free-rare-chick-lakenvelder-rooster-and-his-white-harem 2016

So a couple of our favorite roosters have died.  Now I wish I kept the pretty Araucana-mix rooster we just butchered.

pretty-rooster

pretty-rooster

Roosters are very helpful at guarding their harems, plus they are pretty to look at.  But only well behaved roosters are allowed to stay here, and Araucanas tend not to be.  But now we are in eagle season without enough roosters.

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4 Responses to Dead Roosters

  1. eliz martin says:

    sorry is never enough when acknowleging the passing of individuals…..i too have lost a few lately…yours were pretty Donna….only have a few youngsters who wouldn’t be so very eagle savey

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  2. That was my worry when I butchered Mr Rooster’s polite and beautiful son this fall – that if Mr Rooster died over the winter I’d be up a creek. A good rooster is hard to find.

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