northernhomesteader


King of the Coop

Care to meet one of the newer additions to our little farm family?  This is Flounder, our rescue Ameraucana Cross Rooster.
Why is his name Flounder?  That is an excellent question!  Perhaps his previous owner was a big fan of Disney’s Little Mermaid?  I just don’t see the resemblance between this rooster and a fish of any stripe….  However, Flounder certainly made a “splash” with our feathered ladies when he arrived!
Back at the end of September 2011 I spotted an advertisement for someone who needed to re-home one of their roosters.  This particular rooster was not doing very well in their coop due to a bigger, tougher, and meaner bird who was the dominant male and not afraid to show it.  My wife and eldest daughter went to visit, and came home a few short hours later with our first rooster…traveling in style inside of a spacious dog crate in the back of the SUV….
When Flounder was introduced to the ladies he went straight to work.  It started with fluffing and flapping, then there was some strutting and stretching, and after a short while…crowing!  Yes indeed, our little acreage now has sound effects!  The ladies were all suitably impressed, and for the first few days they all jostled to be the closest chicken to their new man.  Once the revised pecking order was in place, all was well and Flounder was clearly the king of this coop.
Did I mention the crowing?  Somehow we had imagined that roosters only liked to crow in the morning, as a way to welcome the sunrise and say “Hello” to the brand new day.   A rather romantically bucolic notion, don’t you think?   Apparently Flounder did not receive that memo.  Don’t get me wrong, he does like to crow in the early morning.  He also likes to crow in the late morning.  Noon warrants a crow, as does early afternoon and late afternoon.  Evening…you guessed it, also a good time to crow.  Even bed time after lights out is occasionally serenaded with rooster song….  In hindsight, I wonder if Flounder was really being bullied in that other coop…or if his previous owner simply didn’t appreciate the coop-tunes!
Ah well…such is life on the homestead, and to be honest, we wouldn’t have it any other way.  In fact since Flounder has joined us, he has been very busy doing his roosterly-duties, and this when combined with one very dedicated broody Silkie hen…means that we now have a few hen-hatched, hen-raised chicks in the coop!  How do you like that?  Thanks Flounder, good job!

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Good Looking Rooster!
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Comment by finkfarm

So…turns out that I was a little inaccurate with regards to Flounder’s name. My very smart wife (who has a much better memory than I do!), reminded me that the rooster’s previous name was Fowler. However due to challenges with remembering that name, they took a vote and changed him to Flounder. Suddenly…everything is much more clear to me!

Comment by northernhomesteader

Good job flounder !

Comment by Phil

Love our Flounder!.. Even though he can be an overprotective ASS!.. He does his job well and what a gorgeous Rooster her is!
No wonder the “ladies” are always following him around and loving his attention.. Lol
And our Ladies make the best eggs I have ever tasted.. No store bought egg could ever compare again!.. Love Silkie eggs too cause I prefer yolk over white, and they have yummy yolks with less white.. 1 of our Silkies is such a great Mama to the chickies too!..:)

Comment by Tanya




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