Today was an interesting day, all started last night when the horses started snorting and wide eyed, running in the pasture, went out got them all calmed down, my uncle lives next to me and his hen was injured by a predator and not walking normal. got up this morning headed outside to do chores and my neighbor up in back of me, his giunea hen was in my uncles yard, we opened the fence so it would come through in hopes to catch it, at that time my neighbor was here to try and get his GH which we waited for it to go into my coop then he was able to catch him. come to find out he had a coyote that chased the GH into this direction scattered all his hens in all directions, last update all his hens returned home and acounted for. All of my flock safe so far, my uncles hen still not doing to good on her legs. I knew something has been around the way the horses have been acting. so trying to keep an eye on the flock and watching for the coyote, we can hear them every once and awhile at night. well anyway my nieghbor went home with 3 month old EE and a EE mix and of course a buff baby silkie which seems to be a roo for a pet for his 3 daughters. My EE rooster named Ike so far has done an awesome job of taking care of his hens.
I have had chickens off and on since a kid, and Ike (my roo) I have never seen this in my life. one of my hens went down thru pasture, got down into tall grass and was near the brook sqawking so loud that I thought something had had her, when Ike flew down over the hill into the grass where she was and all was silent for a moment, then I could see the hen and Ike coming up the hill, with them stopping several times for a moment ,and Ike my roo actually looking the hen all over to make sure she was ok, when they got back up here they stopped near the coop and Ike made these funny little noises and a couple other hens came running over to them. this I wouldn't of believed if I hadn't been standing there watching, Ike pulled a feather out of his own tail and proudly gave it to the hen he just rescued, she picked the feather up walked a few feet away as proud as could be and ate the feather. I never knew that a rooster did that. Been a long week end hopefully no coyotes tonight.