I had my one-year old RIR (my best layer) hen get attacked this evening and killed by what I believe was my game rooster. Now I may be wrong and be jumping to conclusions, but when I heard the screams and ran around to the back yard, where they are kept, the hen was flopping around like her neck was broke and squaking. All the while she is doing this the rooster is pecking and flogging her on the head (he has a good one-inch long and very sharp spurs). If he didn't comit the initial attack on her then he certainly was finnishing her off. Was she attacked by something else and he was just reacting on instinct as she flopped wildly or was he the original attacker? This rooster was one that I adopted last week because it just suddenly showed up in my yard and kept hanging around. He is a beautiful rooster so I introduced him to the girls and they seem to all get along except for the three older RID's that were the matriarchs of the flock. I did supervise and whatch carefully for a week and did notice a little scuffling and backtalk between the rir hens and the roo but I thought he was just establishing his new found dominance over the flock. I have read here on BYC that a game roo wil fight and kill another roo but didn't think he would be a problem with hens. Anyway I now have him in solitary confinment and will be rehoming him as soon as possible. Am I falsely accusing the rooster? I would like to think so but from what I have seen I don't believe so.
Edited by desman - 3/10/10 at 5:36pm