Rocky the Rooster (see photo) serves a useful function
on Steve Powell's organic free-range unit at Upper Leigh Farm, East Knoyle, near
Salisbury, Wiltshire (UK).
He sorts out any fights among the mixed-sex birds
being reared for the table. There are eight ARM Buildings mobile
on the 12-acre site, each holding up to 600 chickens. Birds are
finished at 11 weeks when weighing between 2.4 - 2.7 kg. They are brought
in at three weeks and as they grow there can be the odd bit of
aggression. However, since there are no divisions between the houses, Rocky moves around them in rotation, acting as a chicken
â€œIf two birds get uppity then Rocky's right in there and breaks it up,â€
said Steve, who has a soft spot for the old cockerel which escaped collection
several months ago and has now become a roving resident.
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