Remember that chicken we got as a freebie from the hatchery? You know, the one we couldn't identify for the longest time and who we continually refer to as "the black chicken" because we don't know the breed? Turns out he's a she!
This is the third accidental rooster we've had on the farm. All of them showed up the same way; as a freebie or mistake from the hatchery. And it's not like it's the same hatchery, we order from all over. Sexing (the identifying of chick gender at hatch time) is difficult. Chicken man bits are hidden inside and very tiny in a baby chick. And there's something about checking wing feathers, but those take a couple of days to come in. The fact that we've had hundreds of chickens specifically ordered as "all female" and ended up with just three gents means that the people doing the sexing are actually pretty good at it.
Much better than me. Since it took me until I heard cock-a-doodle-doo to realize it with this guy. Roosters starting roo-ing at the same time that hens start laying (17-25 weeks). The chicken equivalent of hitting puberty. Since roo-ing and laying are both related to mating it makes sense that you get all the junior high activity at once. Although these girls are a year older than the rooster. Poor guy is like the freshman band geek trying to get the attention of the senior cheerleaders. No one will sleep with him. He tries. I've seen him flap his feathers and do the rooster mating dance, but the girls just run away. He doesn't really have any game.
He's been through a lot though. The girls threw him out of the coop this winter...
He gets yelled at a whole bunch. I imagine the girls are saying, "Get away from me, loser."
The girls don't even want to sleep on the same perch as him! How dare he try to sneak into bed with them. They engage is some pretty cruel hen-pecking to remind him that he's not wanted.
I feel really bad for him until I remember that in a few months he'll be full grown and the ladies will all be gaga for him. He'll have sex for breakfast every morning. He'll show his flock where all the good food is, he'll take care of any broody hens, and he'll protect the birds from any potential predators. I happen to enjoy roosters, as long as they don't try to kill me, so we'll see how this guy does. If the girls let him get any peace.