Sexist Farming

No. Not sexier farming.

Lordy – get your mind out of the gutter!

Sexist farming.

The hens and the roosters have been separated!

All the boys have been left outside.

And all the girls are in the hen house.

I do not want those huge roosters in with my hens for the winter. When they cover them their claws pull out the feathers on their backs and often (as well) the rooster will hold onto the hen by grabbing the back of her head with their beak. To hold them still.

It is a violent affair. Cover is a nice word for breeding on the Farmy.

So, sorry guys.

🤭But you are living outside.

They have two barns to shelter in and without any hens to fight over the barn yard is a much nicer place. All up I have counted thirteen roosters. Though – honestly – they are hard to count so there may be more!

The chook house where the hens are living is large and has a deep litter of straw and pine shreds and dry autumn leaves. it will make wonderful compost in the spring!

Later in the winter the hen house door will be opened in the early evening and shut again after they all go in at bed time. (If all goes according to plan the chickens will take themselves back inside the chook house in the evening because chickens always roost in the same place. This is why I leave them inside their home for at least a month to re-home them).

️I expect there to be reckoning with roosters again though!

These shots were taken yesterday evening when the sun was out!

Today is overcast and blustery. Nobody’s favourite!

Have a lovely day!

Remember we Live Simply so the Planet can Live Long. We can but try!

Cecilia

39 Comments on “Sexist Farming

  1. Those are very large boys, naughty as many boys can be. I suspect the hens are quietly saying “thank you Miss C”!

  2. I’m sure those girls will appreciate the break! Those boys will certainly have their ardour cooled over the Winter months.

  3. Thirteen is a bigger gene pool than anyone really needs. Time to harvest some of those bad boys and turn them into bone broth, stew and wonderful, beautiful tail plumes. It sounds harsh, but it is the way of the farmer, and let’s face it, those boys have had a whale of a time up to now…

    • We actually don’t need any roosters unless we want the chicks – which we don’t! The roosters are great alarm birds though – if there are any predators they are the first to engage.
      So having a few roosters about is useful as the first line of defense.

  4. I admit my first thought was stew… but you make a good point that they are a small but effective deterrent against incursions that Rhe Farmy has indeed experienced previously. They are both beautiful and useful… and if all else fails… edible.

  5. I just mentioned to my wife that the neighbors down a ways have had chickens for a few years; and the little farm farther off has goats. We should try our hand at it. (I did work on a ranch once). Then this story. I won’t condone violence against hens. I would need more space than I have to separate em. (LOL)

  6. In “Animals in Translation” Tempel Grandin refers to modern roosters as rapists. She says the talent of wooing the hens has been bred out of them.

  7. Yep, I would certainly get rid of a few of those nasty guys..especially the more aggressive ones..so not fair to those hens to have to fend off so many roosters. Poor things!
    Rooster stew..Yum! 🙂

  8. Hello! I haven’t been by for awhile. I thought you had closed shop as it were. I was delighted to see you are back in the saddle. I always enjoy your farm photos.

      • If I remember correctly, my parents kept only two roosters—the main one and a back up. We had cattle also, and my dad did the same—two bulls that were kept in their own separate, fenced pastures, and only allowed to visit the cows once a year. Males are aggressive and territorial, but it’s in their nature to be so.

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