Meet Monty, fellow rooster companion to EtsyVeg Member, Julia from Fire Horse Textiles!
What is your pet's name, birthday, sex, breed?
Our rooster/cockerel is called Monty. We have no idea about how old he is or when his birthday is, as his previous owners didn’t know.
His breed is also a bit of a mystery. He is probably a cross of Maran and perhaps some German breed of chicken (he has the extra toes found in some of those breeds).
Where/how did you come up with their name?
His name was my husband’s (Rob’s) choice. I would have called him ‘Ed’ after the robot in Robocop – he has the same legs! But actually his name suits him perfectly and we can’t imagine him as anything else now!
How did you meet your pet?
Was he adopted, rescued or other?
A family that lives near to us asked if we would take him on because he was being constantly set upon by their 60 hens and 3 other cockerels. We had a new home built for him, as our existing chickens (Cleo and Mabel) would not want to share their small home with him! He settled in very quickly, after establishing himself as the top bird of our small ‘flock’!
We find it very hard to believe that he was so submissive as he has attacked us and our neighbours. He jumps up and scrabbles your legs with his spurs. No, it doesn’t hurt, but it can be rather surprising if you are not expecting it! I think he has finally accepted that Rob and I are top of the pecking order because I haven’t had a ‘scrabbling’ for a while now!
What are Monty's favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?
Monty had been confined to a small run before we adopted him, but now he has the full run of our large garden. He is slowly getting used to his freedom and will follow Cleo and Mabel around, scratching about and looking for food.
He has made our greenhouse his favourite day time stronghold as it is nice and warm and dry with soft wood shavings on the floor. He spends a lot of time in there, but also wanders round the garden when he feels lively. He enjoys lots of crowing, eating greens, grains, soft fruit, pasta, rice, crushed peanuts and more. His feathers are much improved since he has had access to a dust bath. We made one in the greenhouse for the wetter months for the chickens from an old stone sink filled with dry peat compost.
Monty is an ‘early to bed’ type of guy and spends the last hour before he is shut into his house for the night, sitting with his head poking out of the doorway watching all the comings and goings in the garden.
What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet?
Monty is very sociable and always joins us when we go out into the garden. When we take Henry, our dog, for a slow circuit of the garden (Henry is 15 now and likes to take his time!) all three of the chickens will join us and wander round looking at the flowers and plants and catching insects when they can.
How does your pet like going to the vet? Does he know when it's
time to see the vet & hide, or do they enjoy the extra attention?
We have never had to take Monty to the vets’, but Cleo and Mabel have both been at different times and behaved perfectly and calmly.
|Cleo & Mabel|
How do your family members get along with the pet?
Rob and I are very fond of Monty already – he is quite a character. Henry would probably rather have the garden to himself. My parents and in laws have met Monty and he was quite a hit as he is such a huge bird and quite magnificent to see stalking about.
Do you spoil your pet?
I hope we are giving Monty the best lifestyle a chicken can have: he gets freedom to do the things chickens want to do and gets plenty of good food in a stimulating environment, plus the company of Mabel and Cleo.
What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life?
Monty is a beautiful, sociable bird and we are so lucky to have him to share our garden and lives with.