In August I wrote a blog post about our new rooster, it’s time for an update. On April 23rd we received our package of 6 peeping chicks, included were our 2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 Gray Orpington, 2 Silkies (one white, one gray) and our Silver Laced Wyandotte (all to our knowledge female). It’s very hard for hatcheries to determine the gender of certain chicks when they are so young, finding that one of your pulletts is a cockerel is something that occurs often and can be tricky to deal with. Mypetchicken.com (the website where we order our chicks from) states “sexing is an art — not an exact science — so when you buy day old chicks, errors are bound to happen”.
It took us almost 4 months to figure out that our Silver Laced Wyandotte was actually a rooster. Roosters can cause a lot of stress in a flock, especially when there are older chickens who have already established a pecking order. As kristoph got older we started to see him challenging the older chickens and they seemed to be holding their ground. We went back and forth deliberating, wondering if we could keep him, offering him to local chicken keepers and posting ads on chicken facebook groups to no avail. Finally in late September we decided to kill him. My dad (addisongeary.com) filmed the ordeal.
Killing Kristoph from Addison Geary on Vimeo.
We couldn’t kill him. Since, we have made our peace with him, we’ve found that he’s actually a very sweet bird although he did chase after and peck at one of our older chickens (Ethel) to the point where we had to quarantine here for a couple weeks. The future looks bright though, for the past 3 nights the entire flock has been happily sleeping together in the hen house. We’ve found that Kristoph does a really great job of keeping our flock safe, rounding up the chicks if neighborhood dogs come running through or if a hawk swoops in. He’s safe… for now.