Today was a great day with my son as we had a Jace and Mommy day and he was spoiled rotten today! It's the beginning of my spring break and I let my son take a day off from preschool. Well our great day turned into a sad one when we got home! 😢 When we got home we needed to do our evening chores of collecting the eggs, feeding the chickens and cats, and other chores. As we were walking out to the coop my fiancé was yelling at us to wait. He told me that Jace shouldn't go in the coop and wanted to prepare me that I'm going to see something and will explain once he got Jace doing something else. I walked into the coop and saw a lot of feathers, white feathers. I collected 2 eggs and looked around for my chickens. By that time my fiance was walking towards me and told me everything that happened. Our rooster was killed by a hawk. When he got home and changed into his work clothes and went outside he noticed the chickens were going crazy so he walked to the coop, walked inside and about got nailed by a hawk who flew out of the coop, looked down and saw our rooster laying there motionless. He buried him close to our Great Dane that passed away over a week ago. Thankfully our Rooster did his job and saved all of our hens. Looks like we will be investing in some netting to enclose the chickens run and prolly will only be able to free range when someone's home. We have never had any problems with any predators before! Just sucks that our Rooster is gone!
I am horribly sorry. I have been through this too, and its painful. When its time to replace your rooster, many of us will have one and often free. Just be sure to choose one thats human social so its less difficult for the transition.