Meet Freddie, the lonely bantam rooster
Meet Freddie, the latest addition to my menagerie. He arrived courtesy of a friend who saved him from the chop. He is a bantam rooster, and a lively little devil, with great dancing feet. Hence the name, after Fred Astaire.
I have a flock of chickens comprising of 17 full sized hens and 1 full sized rooster. However, I don’t fancy his chances with the flock, since the full sized rooster, Stanley, doesn’t take kindly to competition. He has been the sole male for 6 six years, and he is very possessive of his girls.
Freddie is diminutive in comparison, about the third of the size of Stanley, and should outrun any trouble. However, once Freddie set eyes upon him, he had no intention of joining the chickens, and would not enter their substantial pen. So for the moment, he is roaming the garden by day and roosting in a small cage at night. It is not a permanent solution, since he is lonely, and tries to claim anything that moves at his own, whether it is my feet, a pigeon, or even the cats. The previous owners considered him aggressive; in actual fact, he is just wanting a lady, and even searched my house looking for her whereabouts.
So, his needs are my command. I am now looking for a couple of bantam hens to keep him company. Soon, or so I am hoping, he will have a broad smile upon his face. Maybe then he will leave us all alone.