Recently, Silver (our Silver-Spangled Hamburg rooster) has begun acting more like a young rooster than just a chick. At 10 weeks he's got a bright red wattles and a rose comb that is growing and soon will be larger than his skull. His feathers are finishing out and he's got some developing sickle feathers taking shape near his tail. He's becoming quite the handsome little rooster!
He is also becoming protective of the rest of the flock. This morning, a young rabbit was near the chicken run nibbling on the wet grass and as soon as I let the chooks out, Silver spied him. He clucked a loud warning, which instantly made the flock grow quiet. Silver cautiously strutted up to the fence trying to get as close to the bunny as possible. He strutted back and forth trying to appear as large as possible, all the while clucking loudly. I chuckled at the thought of a rooster chasing a harmless baby bunny away!
This afternoon as I spent some time with the chooks, my old tom cat Tyson was out for his evening stroll. He came too close to the run and Silver followed his every move. What was really interesting was that every time Tyson turned, Silver followed the same direction with precision.
Silver is a medium breed and in my flock, he's the smallest. I think he's as tall as he's going to get but his feathers aren't done filling out yet. I wonder why Roo, the big, robust Barred Rock rooster doesn't act this way. Perhaps it's a behavior not all breeds exhibit. In any case, it's very interesting to watch little Silver react whenever he sees something dangerous, even if it is just an old tom cat with two missing fangs!
After I let the chooks out this morning, I tossed out some cracked corn and chick food for them, then cleaned up and went to bed. Derek went out to say good morning to the birds and said he saw Rocky climb down from a pine tree and help himself to the free breakfast! What a little mooch!