Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Harold's New Home

I determined last week that Harold, my very handsome Blue Laced Red Wyandotte rooster was eating me out of house and home and needed to find a new farm to reside on.   He was also not adjusting to 2 of the new pullets I had obtained.   I could feed 4 more pullets on the amount of feed he was consuming and made my decision Tuesday night to put an ad on craigslist.  Wednesday at 6:53 am the emails started rolling in asking about his details.

In 2 days I received 82 emails from people who wanted him. I was astonished at the volume of email he got from one small ad.
My intention was to trade him for a pullet, but no one seems to have one to trade.

On Sunday Sarah, who sent the very first email wanting Harold, came up to get her new flock leader.

She has Golden Laced Wyandottes and is going to experiment with a cross of the two.

 I am still looking for 4 more pullets.  Still searching for a few good BLRWs.

Have you ever had a rooster you had to rehome?  What were your reasons for kicking him out of the coop?

Harold was a good rooster. He was dog, duck and people friendly. Clean and quiet. He hadn't figured out how to crow...at all.   These photos don't do his colors justice.

I hope he sends me a postcard.


  1. I had 3 juvenile cockerals that I had to rehome. Their hormones were kicking in and they were terrorizing the hens. Two of them still live up the road from me. They were Austrolorp x RI Red and are very handsome.

  2. When we decided to get hens last year, we decided that we would not get a rooster because some can be too aggressive. My husband still has nightmares about when one of his grandmother's roosters attacked him when he was a small child. My brother had the same experience, so we decided no rooster. I hope yours has a good home. His new owner looks to be a kind keeper.

  3. Roosters certainly have different personalities. I lived next door to someone who had a very aggressive rooster who used to fly over the fence to terrorise our chickens as well as his own. Our own rooster was a true gentleman, calm and quiet, and tolerated the unwelcome visitor with good grace until we could get rid of him over the fence again. I found the neighbour's rooster close to death one night in our hen enclosure, and returned him over the fence. Worried that the return had been a bit rough for an old boy on his last legs, I checked him out around 20 minutes later - yep, trying to have a last attempt at his hens.

  4. Poor Harold... he just didn't fit in. Hope he does better in his new digs!

  5. Remarkable post for the letter R...

    I've never had the Responsibility of Raising a Red Rooster...

    It looks like it would be a Rather Rewarding Relationship...

    Radical job!