Ah the continuing Soap opera of my chickens....
I ordered 4 Cream legbar pullet chicks this past summer when my Austrolorp went broody. AUTO sexed, as you may know. Long story short, I now have one cockerel and two pullets in my flock of eleven chickens. Given the circumstances, I had hoped to hatch some cream leg bars.
Meantime, my Rhode Island red rooster died of cancer this past fall. The older hens, with whom he was raised, still seem a bit forlorn. Beatrice, his daughter, just stares into space. And our Dominque hen--well, I don't know what's happened. When Big Red died, all the older hens only tolerated the cockerel. They've all resigned themselves to him now but the Dominque, who used to be one of the top hens, is keeping herself apart from the flock and is TERRIFIED of the cockerel, who persists in chasing her. She spends most of her time hiding in a nesting box. (No, she is not broody.)
I don't know what to do. I do like having a rooster. He seems to get along with the rest of them. But the drama and trauma of Ping, who is also my favorite hen, is getting to be too much. This has been going on for weeks.
Any suggestions? Though I assume it is get rid of the cockerel or the hen. ... :-(
FYI, I don't eat chickens. I won't kill them if I can avoid it. Not sure how to go about rehoming a Cream Legbar. I live in southern NH.