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Can a dominant Rooster be "kicked out of office" by another Rooster?

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I know the title sounds strange, but I couldn't come up with a better way to phrase it. My #1 Roo, JoJo (1 year old BR) appears to have been demoted to "hen" status, if that makes since.

 

It started on Thursday when he slept with the ducks. He then spent Friday moping around and avoiding the other two Roos (Ratchet, 1 year old Polish, and Reggie, 8 month old Australorpe). Friday afternoon he got in a fight with Ratchet, Ratchet won and he chased JoJo all over the yard. Now, these Roos have lived together their whole lives and no new birds have been added.

 

JoJo spent the night with Ratchet's flock between two hens (the Roos normally sleep in "power" position as a call it, either above or straight in the middle of the hens, not the way JoJo was sleeping). He then came meekly out this morning, no strut or anything. He also hasn't crowed since yesterday morning.

 

Hormone issue? Crop and lungs are fine and everyone's been dusted for mites, plus no one else is acting like this. He is also eating, drinking and pooping like normal.

post #2 of 6

There is nothing wrong with him, other than losing is status as the head of the flock. He isn't crowing because he doesn't want to attract the attention of your new head male.

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There is nothing wrong with him, other than losing is status as the head of the flock. He isn't crowing because he doesn't want to attract the attention of your new head male.


What would cause him to suddenly loose status? He was crowing and strutting all during the day on Thursday.

post #4 of 6

The other rooster obviously got the guts and decided he needed the lead,either that or the rooster begun showing weakness.Them being youngsters,this isn't surprising.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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post #5 of 6

The Polish decided he wanted the top spot and was willing to do what was necessary to get it. The pecking order is always subject to change. It may change again too. 

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The Polish decided he wanted the top spot and was willing to do what was necessary to get it. The pecking order is always subject to change. It may change again too. 


And it did!

 

On Sunday I locked Ratchet in my empty chick coop due to his terrorizing both JoJo and Reggie AND ignoring the hens completely. I let him out yesterday morning and everything is back to normal! I guess he had a little attack of "ego".

 

 

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