Also, I failed to mention, he does roost with everyone at the end of the night, and is located with some of the females (not off by himself). He's definitely beneath our wyandottes and other rose comb brown leghorn females, but above our buff cochin and buff laced polish girls.Really? Why do you say that? He doesn't seem to have health issues (maybe stress?), just waaaay more docile. I figured it was more of a breed issue. I really don't want to get rid of him, especially with his temperament, that's why I'm thinking of building him his own bachelor pad ;-)
Well, that paints a different picture then. Maybe separate him with the more docile hens.Also, I failed to mention, he does roost with everyone at the end of the night, and is located with some of the females (not off by himself). He's definitely beneath our wyandottes and other rose comb brown leghorn females, but above our buff cochin and buff laced polish girls.
It's cool how you point out the "other benefactor." It seems like people's impact on flock politics, especially with roosters, isn't very well understood. I've been thinking about keeping a behavioral journal for a better handle on how my actions affect our flock (as well as weather, health, new layers, etc.).I would say that if you do handle your birds and are established as what I call an "other benefactor" you might be able to show them where Ezra stands by giving individual attention to the roosters in front of one another (e.g. petting, hand feeding, etc), while continuing to give preference to Barry (i.e. feeding him first, allowing him interrupt you briefly when you are feeding Ezra). Hopefully, and there's no guarantee, this would reinforce with them that Barry is number one (in case he was worried) and maybe establish that Ezra is special and welcome. I have no science behind this, but I've observed that my dogs, cats and even birds study how I interact with animals they consider a threat or a meal. They always seem to change their attitudes when they see us feeding and handling.