Bloodthirsty Rooster horrifically destroyed hen

Gem synergy

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I think (not 100%) he is a red Cornish. But farely big and just learned how to crow. He has always been very good with the hens and I had no indication of him ever being so violent. I've heard of roosters killing hens from inexperience an even went thru the same with another rooster. But in no way was I ever prepared for what I saw with the lifeless body of my favorite grey maran. He completely de feathered her from the base of her skull to the bottom of the spine. I have pictures but mite shun some folks if I post. Anyone with a logical explanation of this would be very appreciated. And please don't advise of any other predator as I can for surely say it wasnt. Damn rooster was found next to her in coop an had a grey bloody feather on his beak he couldn't shake loose. If u need a pic I will send rite away. The coop was splattered with blood all over the walls, ceiling, and floor. I never knew a rooster would do this so savagely an still don't understand why but can only guess...
 

Wyorp Rock

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I think (not 100%) he is a red Cornish. But farely big and just learned how to crow. He has always been very good with the hens and I had no indication of him ever being so violent. I've heard of roosters killing hens from inexperience an even went thru the same with another rooster. But in no way was I ever prepared for what I saw with the lifeless body of my favorite grey maran. He completely de feathered her from the base of her skull to the bottom of the spine. I have pictures but mite shun some folks if I post. Anyone with a logical explanation of this would be very appreciated. And please don't advise of any other predator as I can for surely say it wasnt. Damn rooster was found next to her in coop an had a grey bloody feather on his beak he couldn't shake loose. If u need a pic I will send rite away. The coop was splattered with blood all over the walls, ceiling, and floor. I never knew a rooster would do this so savagely an still don't understand why but can only guess...
Welcome To BYC, I'm sorry to hear about your hen.

This is the ER forums, so go ahead and post your photos - we've seen quite a bit and seeing her injuries may help us help you.

Is she still alive? What have you done so far in treating her wounds?
General care would be to place in somewhere secure, warm and quiet. She may be in shock so gently access her wounds. Flush with saline, betadine or chlorhexidine (Hibiclens). Trim away any feathers that might get into the wounds and apply triple antibiotic ointment or something like Vetericyn.
Hydration is important, so when you can safely get some fluids into her that would be good. Sugar water, electrolytes or poultry vitamins if you have them. Food is secondary, most severely injured chickens won't eat for a day or so but you can make it available if you wish. Her normal feed made into a wet mash or bits of scrambled egg.

As for the cockerel. Separate him to a cage by himself. How old is he compared to the hen? Photos of him too if you have any. As for what to do with him....you can give a second chance after he's been separated for a few months and is more mature or grow him out more and make a nice meal out of him. I did give one of mine a lot of time to see if maturity would correct his behavior toward hens (he hated one in particular and beat her up too), but ultimately I culled him - frustrating for sure and he was a beauty, but sometimes even time doesn't help.
 

so lucky

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Your little marans probably resisted and the rooster didn't know to stop. So sorry for you and your favorite girl. If this were my rooster, I would think strongly about getting him out of the flock. But I may be hasty. Someone else will chime in, I hope.
 

Ducksandchickens

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Pictures would help. Just advise and rewrite the title saying something like: WARNING GRAPHIC PICTURES or something. Also throw that Rooster In the pot. Get rid of it. Some people will say tame it and you can try but it could go after you or another hen.
 

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Welcome to BYC, I have never seen a rooster attack like that especially a hen, If you are sure a predator didn't hurt her and he didn't just finish the job,follow Wyorp rocks suggestion. one that is that mean here wouldn't get a second chance. only ones I've even heard of being that brutal are bred for fighting which is illegal.
 
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