The rooster looks like he may be crossed with a golden cuckoo maran.
It looks like those chicks you are holding are little roos too, how old are they?
Those combs are pretty prominant on such little things.
I asked him straight out if he hears the roosters crowing and thats what is bothering him but he said no I just don't want roosters here. Bizzare.
I do have a favorite at this point a blue laced red wyandotte, so I may sell off one of the others to shut him up. The one I really need to keep is my son's.
He has a pair of blue cochins that walk all over the yard together like a couple of lovebirds and its just the sweetest thing I have ever seen.
I don't have the heart to break them up, plus its the only 2 eggs that hatched out of the whole batch that he incubated, so I may have to part with one of mine so he can keep his.
Also, he has been so sick lately with asthma that I just feel bad for him because he has to lay low and he enjoys going out in the yard and hanging out with his chickens so I really can't take his away.
the BLRW is gorgeous but if I have to choose between him and my son's cochin...
So there is my unsolicited rooster story, geez I had only planned on telling you about the mix that I think your rooster is and I started rambling... kind of like someone else we all know...hmm who is that?
Oh Natalie, that part about your Son and the rooster and the asthma is breaking my heart. I am serious, I have those tears of sadness for him in my eyes :'( Asthma is such a debilitating thing for a child....but...I am sure that he is a trooper :) :) :), so that then makes me feel happy, smiling. Keep his birds for him as you are doing, that is the most beautiful thing you can do as that Mother, yay!!! Good for you, smiling. Mamma.....such a gift to be given in life, to be Mamma.
Getting back to the young birds in my basement, smiling. They are getting pretty big and going nuts down there. Look at this picture now.....
These chicks are two weeks old (Friday last). I was told they were all poulets, smiling. BUT.....I don't think they are either, smiling, there are some bleeperals amongst the gals, I am positive, smiling, oh well......
This was when they were firstly here, they would have been 3 days old in these pictures:
THis is my youngest Grandson when they were here at spring break. There is one Australorpe and he loved that little gal, he made a point of trying to find her fast amongst all her Barred Rock pals that looks somewhat similar. He was like a proud daddy, smiling. He is 9-1/2 years old, one of the loves of my life.
It seems to me that the Rooster that you think is crossed with a Maran may be. But I thought that the woman may have said something like Barred Rock crossed with a Polish. I will try to find out more about his genetics. Boy do the girls love him. He is a very nice rooster, so sweet and not a bad or mean bone in his body. I think that is cool. He hangs out with people too, to a degree, boy has he commanded the roost though. Saturday I let him into the main chickenyard, and he put the black rooster right into his spot in the pecking order, I got a real kick out of it. THe only trouble that he had that day was the turkey hens putting him in his place on the pecking order. Got a video of that, a very short one, but it was funny. Life on the farm, so much fun. Have that awesome and wonderfully great day, health, Cindi