Saturday, March 31, 2012

Farm Bullies

Spring is a dynamic time at the farm.
Everything is growing and changing constantly.
It is challenging enough just keeping up with it,
let alone dealing with bullying.
That's right folks,
it happens in schools, the workplace
and on the farm.
This is the pecking order at the farm:

1. Male guineas
2. Buff Orpington rooster
3. Male goose
4. Female guinea
5. Buff Orpington hens
6.. Bantam roosters
7. Tom turkey
8. Sparkle and Shyne

In order to let the hens free-range this summer,
I had to do something with the Buff rooster
or the free-ranging male guineas would have stolen all his lunch money.

So, the rooster, the goose and the Tom all got moved
together into a new pen (remember our lesson on how well
confusion works in the bird world?)
So far, so good.

Next, we let the one female guinea, who had lived with the chickens all winter,
out to be with the two male guineas.  

We are hoping they live happily ever after and don't start bothering the hens
and stop chasing the bantam roosters around.

Then we let the hens out.

They immediately went to work on the grass they had been eyeing for weeks.

Look who thinks he just won the lottery.
Like the heavens opened up and shined right down on him.
Hens everywhere and not another rooster in sight.

Much to his dismay
they paid his dancing and high-stepping
no mind at all.

In fact, they reacted quite the opposite.
This particular hen challenged him
eyeball to eyeball

and then proceeded to beat the crap out of him.
Despite his impressive moves.
She got the best of him.

What part of NO do you not understand?

Just so you know,
I do not consider the hen to be a bully in this instance.

We also had to combine two sets of bantam chicks today.
One set is a couple weeks older.

Look who thinks they are being bullied here.

Yep, the older ones are hiding in the corner
even though this is a completely  new cage to all of them.
The little ones are like "What's their problem?"

The older ones are like "Why can't you just leave well enough alone?"

Because I can't.
And by next week you will have outgrown this cage too
and it will be time to change again.

That's life on Sprout N Wings Farm.
Better get used to it.



Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Yay for the hen! The pic of the bigger chicks cowering in the corner is great! Never a dull moment in your world:@)

Snooks said...

Looks like you never have a dull moment around there. Love the color of that rooster he is a pretty guy. Goose and turkey are cool too.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

Razzberry Corner said...

You have a lot going on. There's always a pecking order, and my males guineas are always at the top, too. Your birds are all very pretty! Good luck integrating the chicks!


TexWisGirl said...

musical chairs. i'd be stressed out...

Jill said...

This is just too funny! I love the big little chicks cowering in the corner!

Ronda said...

Loving all your pics! Your cocky little rooster even does the wing drop dance like ours does! And yours takes a beating for it! You may have to get a therapist for him in a week or so!

Ronda said...

Loving all your pics! Your cocky little rooster even does the wing drop dance like ours does! And yours takes a beating for it! You may have to get a therapist for him in a week or so!

Randy said...

Looks like a group of tough characters.

Mary Ann said...

Your posts are ALWAYS so good!

Tayet Silverspoon said...

Is that rooster the Bantam? My whole family was over at the computer saying how handsome and pretty he is.

Candy C. said...

OMG, I just love that last picture! LOL!!
The hen giving the little bantam rooster a dressing down is funny too!

Liesl said...

And to think that on top of all of this..,there's female brainpower behind all this confusion too!

Chai Chai said...

The pecking order you listed really surprised me. I would have thought that the turkey would have been higher on the list. Last year I wouldn't have believed that guinea males would be higher than the rooster but after watching them kick rooster tail around here I know you are correct.

Jocelyn said...

Is that a Rhode Island Red? Those are tough broads, let me tell you. They take on our roosters all the time (with the exception of Copernicus, who is master and commander). Many times they have caused the boys to back down.

Animals are funny, funny people. I enjoyed your post. Thanks so much!

Deb said...

sounds like the pecking order is getting worked out..

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh you sure have your hands full. But what an exciting life!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love your top hat chick!

Your rooster is really handsome! But I'm secretly glad he got a little dressing down. Roosters just take take take. I'm sure he deserved it ;-)

Jennifer said...

Such a cute post on bullying... beautiful animals on your farm :)

Nancy Claeys said...

I'm playing musical coops here too -- I think I've got everyone in the right place now. Lol!

Love that polish crested in the last shot -- I miss mine!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

What a good looking bunch you have!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh that was too funny- it's nice to see a hen get the best of a rooster for a change. I don't trust those cock a doodle doos!