Hawk attack and the insomniac Rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TeamDavison, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. TeamDavison

    TeamDavison Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2012
    We have a small flock of (now) 3 hens and a rooster, all bantams that weve had since march. We started out with 6 and 1 but lost 2 hens to prolapsed vents when they first started laying (very traumatic) and just this week, lost a 3rd hen to a red-tailed hawk.
    Since the hawk took our girl, mr rooster has been crowing all hours, its 9:30 now and i hear him down there, but last night he was going for it around 1am. Its the same thing every night... what gives??
    Is he mourning?
    They were all pretty freaked out by the attack and didnt want to come out the coop for a couple days, but today they were out and about again, and here we sit with a night owl rooster.
    Its pretty cold out, and I have a red heat lamp in there, could this be keeping him awake?
    any ideas... anyone??
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Having the light, even the red heat light means that he can see enough to be active. Since they have been stressed with the hawk attack they can be awoken by any little noise, that would be my guess as to why he is crowing at night. A full grown chicken doesn't need added heat, a full down coat. You can try to wean them off the heat lamp to see if that helps. It may not mine can crow in the dark.
  3. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2012
    Chickens can be pretty stressed out when someone leaves.. Especially by a hawk attack. :(. His frequent crowing is common in this situation. It could take a few days. I wouldn't keep the lamp on unless it is really cold, your coop is really drafty, they are young or already accustom to the extra heat.

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