Hi everyone; haven't been on the forum for a while. I got my sweet chickens a little more than a month ago--three Silver Ameraucanas, a Buff Cochin, and a Speckled Sussex. Unfortunately, it was apparent early on that one of my Ameraucanas was a rooster. He's always been darker than the others and when they started getting feathers, his were dark red. Now he's becoming a gorgeous fellow, larger than the others with a nicely-developing comb. Unfortunately, I can't have a rooster in my part of town, so I'm going to have to take him back to the breeder tonight. It's hard, because he and my dominant female have already become best friends. They go everywhere together. I have a question--last night, my three largest chickens (the Ameraucanas; they're a bit older than the other two) were freaking out about something. I couldn't figure out what it was, but they were really scared and kept cheeping their alert cry. Eventually, as they were becoming a little calmer, I noticed that whenever the pullets screamed, the rooster gurgled a rattle in his throat. It sounded soothing, and it seemed to work. Does this really happen? And will taking him away upset the peace of my flock? I'm really sad to do it.