Hello everyone. I have a small flock of gold laced wyandottes (originally 7...1 rooster, 4 hens and 2 chicks) Two mornings ago we had a fox attack to which we got out in the yard in 30 secs. We saw the fox have a snap at the rooster (feathers flying) but my husband chased it off before it could do any real damage. The matriarch hen was wounded slightly and unfortunately we lost her later that day. The rest of the flock were okay. Since the horrible event Topaz (the roo) has been very quiet, I saw him sitting in the nesting box yesterday and has been generally moping around. He's eating and drinking but certainly not his normal cocky self. He's been to the vet today and she could find no signs of a bite or wound, no temperature, he's had antibiotics just in case (and continues to have then). He looks really really depressed, just standing in the pen. He is only a year old and the matriarch was his adoptive mother (she hatched him and two of the other pullets from some bought fertilised eggs). He and his 'mother' hung out together ALL the time and ruled the yard. The two pullets (his sisters) did their own thing as did the older hen with the two chicks. They are all in the same huge pen together and seem back to normal except the roo. Has anyone had experience with a depressed rooster that's lost his matey. It's really sad to see him like this. He may also be still stressed as he was very close to getting his head bitten off by the fox and he was only a few metres from where his mother was laying hurt.