Tuesday, May 14, 2013
TROUBLE IN RIVERCITY
You may remember that tomorrow is the day for our hen June to begin hatching the second clutch of eggs. She has stayed devoutly on the nest and all appeared to be going well. In the MUSIC MAN there was a song, "Trouble, trouble, trouble right here in River City". Well, I guess we could say trouble in our "lake city" hen house.
The rowdy roosters have been misbehaving. We barely have enough hens to go around for these four big guys. Not only have they injured some of the hens, it seems they have been running June off the nest at this crucial time. They somehow manage to pry her off the nest, have their way with her and then try to prevent her from returning to the nest. I became aware of her plight last night and intervened on her behalf but it might be too little too late.
June has been setting on nests for over 44 days and if this time does not go well, I will have to prevent her from trying again for quite a while. Oh how sad it will be if she doesn't get any chicks this time.
Meanwhile to regain control of my flock I must either get quite a few more hens or get rid of a couple of my roosters. They are beautiful boys but very badly behaved.
How can I decide who must go?
Rooster King Kong,
Rooster Jack Bauer, Jr.?