Can a dominant Rooster be "kicked out of office" by another Rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Arztwolf, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. Arztwolf

    Arztwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know the title sounds strange, but I couldn't come up with a better way to phrase it. My #1 Roo, JoJo (1 year old BR) appears to have been demoted to "hen" status, if that makes since.

    It started on Thursday when he slept with the ducks. He then spent Friday moping around and avoiding the other two Roos (Ratchet, 1 year old Polish, and Reggie, 8 month old Australorpe). Friday afternoon he got in a fight with Ratchet, Ratchet won and he chased JoJo all over the yard. Now, these Roos have lived together their whole lives and no new birds have been added.

    JoJo spent the night with Ratchet's flock between two hens (the Roos normally sleep in "power" position as a call it, either above or straight in the middle of the hens, not the way JoJo was sleeping). He then came meekly out this morning, no strut or anything. He also hasn't crowed since yesterday morning.

    Hormone issue? Crop and lungs are fine and everyone's been dusted for mites, plus no one else is acting like this. He is also eating, drinking and pooping like normal.
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    There is nothing wrong with him, other than losing is status as the head of the flock. He isn't crowing because he doesn't want to attract the attention of your new head male.
     
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  3. Arztwolf

    Arztwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What would cause him to suddenly loose status? He was crowing and strutting all during the day on Thursday.
     
  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The other rooster obviously got the guts and decided he needed the lead,either that or the rooster begun showing weakness.Them being youngsters,this isn't surprising.
     
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    The Polish decided he wanted the top spot and was willing to do what was necessary to get it. The pecking order is always subject to change. It may change again too.
     
  6. Arztwolf

    Arztwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And it did!

    On Sunday I locked Ratchet in my empty chick coop due to his terrorizing both JoJo and Reggie AND ignoring the hens completely. I let him out yesterday morning and everything is back to normal! I guess he had a little attack of "ego".
     

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