Hawkeye vs Suede-Who Won?? Oops, Accidental Meeting! LONG

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by speckledhen, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, it happened. Hawkeye and Suede finally met with no fence between them. Somehow, the door that divides Suede's coop from the larger side with Hawkeye and the laying flock got bumped and the latch lifted out. At least, I guess that's what must have happened. Suede went into Hawkeye's side and met him face to face in the pen and a Battle Royale ensued!
    I had been in and out of the coops all morning, so this couldn't have been going on all that long. I left the house and was headed back toward the coops when I see Hawkeye getting off the ground. It seems weird because at first I think it's one of the girls shaking off after a mating, but realize it's my Hawkeye. Then I see a huge blue thing in the pen and then it hits me as they meet in mid-air again, Suede is in Hawkeye's pen! They are both bloody and out of breath, but continuing the fight as I run to the gate and inside to separate them. I grab Hawkeye and toss him out of his own pen, then grab up Suede and run for the house, calling my DH to help. I vaguely realize that Hawkeye has blue feathers in his beak.
    Suede has scratches, gouges, cuts, etc and has blood on his comb, face and wattles, but his eyes and legs don't seem damaged. He sat in my lap while I wiped his face with a wet paper towel and my DH goes to get Hawkeye, who is still running around, standing tall with blue feathers in his beak, LOL. He is bringing Hawkeye up to the house, with the Hawkster crowing in his arms. After I put Suede back in with his girls and we look the Hawkster over, we see that one feather shaft is broken and bleeding, and he has a scratch on his face, a couple of comb points are slightly bloody, but no other injuries that we can see. Almost all the blood on Hawkeye is from Suede! Suede outweighs Hawkeye by probably 50%, but is less agile on his feet. Then there's the former life that Hawkeye lived, fighting for his life in the pen with only a huge turkey for company when I found him. Finally, Suede was on Hawkeye's turf and Hawkeye was defending his women. No matings took place, I'm positive. The girls would fight Suede coming into their side of the coop, then Hawkeye would have been on him like a shot.
    I always thought this is how a fight between these two would end, with Hawkeye coming out on top. I hung some corded bedspreads on the fence so they couldn't see each other for awhile and could calm down. Suede's head is a little lower this afternoon, while Hawkeye seems to know who won this battle.
    Edited for stupid typos...
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2008
  2. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooh, sounds like Suede really took a beating, silly boy. Well, I daresay he wont try messing with Hawkeye anytime soon! [​IMG]
     
  3. Yogiman

    Yogiman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! What a story. Have you regained your nerves yet? Hopefully they are both okay. Boys will be boys though.
     
  4. K&H Chicken Farm

    K&H Chicken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 of my roos went at it the other day. It took the Gov. 2 days to recover from what the new roo did. He is now in a pen by him self and a couple of ladys not laying right now.
    Shelly
     
  5. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, Cyn! Way too much excitement for a Wednesday! I'm so happy neither was seriously injured, and my bleeding heart feels so sorry for Suede! What a quick, good thinker you are to block their view of each other. I would have never thought of something so sensible! Is it normal for a slightly hurt roo to let you treat their injuries without a lot of wing flapping? Pocket roo was so sweet when he had his neck injury. Did you put anything on the wounds? My smaller large hen is faster and more aggressive than those huge BO hens. To look at them you might assume the BOs could make a meal of her, but NOT! Just like my tiny roo commands the respect of ALL the hens. Amazing. How long did it take for your heartbeat to re-regulate??? Again, I'm glad everyone is ALIVE! [​IMG]
     
  6. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    Oh poor Suede. I would of almost had a heart attack. I bet Hawkeye is now really struting his stuff.
     
  7. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My goodness! It sounds like quite the battle. I hope the boys are none the worse for wear. Poor Suede sounds like his ego got bruised pretty bad. I hope he's carrying his head higher soon. Poor fella.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Is it normal for a slightly hurt roo to let you treat their injuries without a lot of wing flapping?

    It's normal for my two boys. Both of them have stellar temperaments, especially Hawkeye. They're very calm when I hold them, just extremely sweet roosters, except, obviously to each other!
    My DH had some peroxide on the paper towel he wiped them down with and put some blood stop on Hawkeye's broken feather shaft, but the wounds really aren't that serious, as far as I can tell. They seem to heal up very nicely and I'm just glad neither got the other one's eyes! It was stressful, let me tell you. I'm ready for a nap now. [​IMG]
     
  9. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sweet dreams of sweet roosters to you! :aww
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Thank you. Needless to say, that loose latch is now very tight and cannot be bumped out again. No more accidental rooster sparring matches!
     

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