We have 8 chickens (5 hens and 3 roosters). My mother bought the chickens on a whim. She was at hardware store, saw baby chicks and ... now we have chickens. This was about a year ago.
1 of the roosters is kind of mean (He seems to be a polish crested?). He will chase the others around and give them a peck. Of the 3 roosters, one of them has recently (the last few weeks) been staying in the hen house (he seems to be a polish crested as well?). He does not come out on his own. There are times I've made him leave, then he went right back in when I walked off. He does not sleep on the roost with the other chickens and roosters either. He sleeps on the floor. This has us worried for him. We think he's been traumatized by the dominant rooster. (He does not crow either -- at one time he did, but not for long).
We also have a chicken (just one) that has bald spot where she is pecked. It's on the back of her head and sometimes it looks rather fresh. It never seems to heal. Even her comb is messed up by the pecking. All 5 of the hens lay eggs.
The mean rooster has even flogged me. I read on this form about being the dominant or head chicken and now the rooster leaves me alone (actually stays well away from me...even sees me and runs the other way), but he is still mean to the other chickens.
What are your ideas/suggestions about the traumatized rooster and the balding chicken? My mom has mentioned eating the mean rooster (I find this rather sad...he's so cute). She has also thought of isolating the traumatized rooster and balding chicken. What would be best?