Ok, so I had to remove the latest crower (#3 of 12) and the next one started trying out a strangled attempt at a crow in the coop that very night.
I've got this crazy idea that the problem is that I have only sebrights plus one white bird who's even smaller. This, in combination with their talky, chippy (perfect descriptor, Uzi ) nature and the absence of Roos is generating this crowing pattern. I have different kinds of chicks ordered for spring but it will be months before there's any hope of them taking over leadership of the flock. So I thought I might try to find a pair of bigger bantam hens to introduce to the flock now and try to take alpha away from the sebrights. What do you think? I'm worried about what I might be bringing in with a couple adults from a different farm and flock, maybe this is just asking for more trouble?
This is just so frustrating. I've also been reading the threads about the no-crow collars, maybe I'll try one of those on the next one.....
I used to like watching ice hockey & that's how my dad would describe players that weren't outright fighting but just on the edge. He just has a way of coming in sideways that let's me know when he's in a mood.
When Odysseus started treating me like his large hen, I was kind of in a scramble to get him some actual hens before the weather turned fully into winter. So, I ended up with 4 regular sized Polish pullets. I was worried they'd turn on him since he was so much smaller then (he must have been a pound at the most when he landed with me). But they got on on great. Whether that was dumb luck, the cold snap that hit the night I brought the ladies home, their easygoing disposition, or a combo, I'm not sure. I'm only 2 months into my second year with chickens, so maybe someone with more knowledge has a better answer?