Introducing New Chickens
My roo died. It was a sad sad day, on the homestead, indeed. The loss was fully unexpected. He was young, handsome, and so very sweet. Lorax was a gentle giant, while he believed himself to be small. When I bought him, I knew very little about Sapphire Gems. Part of my lack of knowledge included how to properly identify a roo from a hen, while they were still tiny chicks. Yup, I ended up with a roo in the mix. Lorax grew to be BIG, and I do mean B I G! His heart could not support his fast massive growth. Another part of my lack of knowledge was that the breed is known for the roos suffering from this health concern. This is something to consider, if you are considering a Sapphire Gem rooster joining your family.
After having a roo and hearing him most enthusiastically welcome mornings, as the sun broke the darkness, surely, I desired another roo. Besides, what great gatekeepers roosters are! They, bravely, announce all odd sounds and trespassers!
Prince, the light gold Cochen Bantan Rooster, joined this story. (Good grief he is cute!) Being small in stature, while believing himself to be giant, he is quite the opposite of Lorax. The woman, from whom I purchased Prince, said she just tosses the new chicken in with the others and lets them work it out. "Oooook, sounds simple enough. Let's test drive that method," said I. Prince, feeling mighty mighty, enters the coop, filled with awaiting grumpy gals. Poor Prince was not feeling the love from those hens, at all! Quickly, I removed him, treated his combat boo boo, coated him with a heaping helping of No Peck, and returned him to his not so best friends. With his new found confidence, and sporting great smelling cologne, he dared those gals to even come near him, as he shifted his weight from one foot to the other. Indeed, they kept their distance, after all, at this point, he smelled a slight bit unusual and was, well, purple in colour. What self-respecting hen wants to deal with that?
As we all know, once one obtains ONE new chicken, they enter into that secret addiction few discuss. One absolutely must acquire yet more new chickens! A friend gave me two young roos, satisfying the desire! I applied No Peck to both, and introduced them to their specified coops, filled with their brand new best friends, the hens. Peace guided the planet! Neither hens nor roos suffered the slightest boo boo! Rooster announcements joyously fill the air far and wide!
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