Stewart is finally getting bigger than the ladies! He’s looking a lot more like a rooster! Unfortunately molting season came and everyone lost their feathers. Now that feathers are growing back the ladies are starting to look lovely again. But what’s this? Stewart seems to be missing something……… His Tail! Now why isn’t Stewies tail big and tall like a real rooster? After a few weeks of pitying the poor boy I figured out what was wrong. The ladies are taking to pulling his tail feather out! How do they do that? They literally get behind him and check out his butt. If there are any baby pin feathers on his rear end, they grab it with their beak and pluck it out! It’s terrible to watch! This big proud rooster not even running away and squeaking at every pull! Stand up for yourself Stewart! Don’t let these ladies take away your rooster-hood!
While the coop was in the process of being remodeled, we pulled out a few nesting boxes for them to lay eggs in. If we didn’t give them with something to lay eggs in who knows where we would find them!
The thing that’s always fascinated me is how jealous chickens get. Don’t believe me? Did you know that you can give hens over a dozen nesting boxes to choose from but once one of the ladies pick a nesting box to use, all the other hens HAVE TO have that same same box! There are 10 beautiful boxes wide open, but noooo…….they want the one box that SHE has!!
Taking a break from the remodel, I caught what I thought was these 2 hens having a standoff for the nesting box. When I got closer to take a picture I found there was already one of the ladies in the box who was facing off with these 2! This is a first! Must have been uncomfortable having 3 hens in 1 box!! Then to top if off, this little Easter Egger comes by contemplating if she can fit in too! Of course she gave up pretty quickly but the stand off of the 3 hens lasted about 20 minutes before the interlopers finally gave up.
See the action for yourself on the ladies YouTube Channel: