My Rhode Island Red Rooster is not acting normal. He is three years old. He's been top (um,only) Roo, strutting and crowing ever since he morphed from a she to a he at age 5 months in September of 2012. Each of the subsequent summers, one of our hens has gone broody and hatched four chicks. The first year we had three cockerels that eventually we had to kill as too much blood flying around. This past year we adopted four auto sexed, Cream Legbar pullets (sic) two of whom turned out to be cockerels. One died of natural causes. One remains. I only say all this because I am wondering if Big Red is feeling upstaged by this new roo, Little Big Man?
Little Big Man runs away when any of the older hen's or Big Red approaches; we basically have two flocks now. Big Red's and his 8 hens, and Little Big Man and his two pullets (who are not laying yet.)
About a month ago, Big Red moved from top roost to coop floor, where poo fell on him from the hens above. Shocking and bizarre. We thought at first it was protective behavior but now . . . He no longer clucks to the girls to say "TREATS!". Only eats the treats himself. Big Red was still ahem laying a week or so ago. Not sure if he still is doing so (we've been away for ten days) but he has lost a lot of weight, his crow--when he crows--is very weak and pathetic craw. He kind of eats but not really. And his wings are all droopy. He lost his beautiful tail feathers. We thought he was molting but not convinced about that now.
When this all started a month or more ago, he held his wings away from his body. As if hot. It was hot so I didn't think much about it. He hangs out with the girls but no longer leads or proudly strutts or looks to the sky for hawks. I've not noticed poops being different (just read about worms and mites) but will check this afternoon. All in al lye is a very very different rooster and I am worried about him. I would be more than happy to rheum these three cream leg bars (any takers? I'm in Jaffrey, NH) if it meant getting his ego back to normal. But I fear it is more than just ego.
Any thoughts, as ever, are appreciated!