Hi all. I searched the message board and could not find anyone who had their hens kill a rooster. This sounds crazy, but I think it happened last night. I have three black Astrolorpe (?) and 1 Buff Orphington hens, plus one banty chick. The hens have been together for about a year. The rest of my flock has been eaten over the summer by predators, aside from this one chick. That is a whole different story I will share later. Anyway, yesterday we were given a rooster by a neighbor. He was a very sweet Rhode Island Red. He was at least as big as the hens, if not bigger. When I put him in their enclosure, the Buff immediately went after him. That lasted for a few minutes and then she submitted and everyone was fine. Then the black hens went after him. That went on for awhile and then everyone seemed to calm down. This was right before dark. When it was time for them to go in for the night my son ushered them into their house and he said the rooster went right in. When I woke up this morning I was surprised that I did not hear crowing. I went down to let the hens out into their enclosure and he was on the bottom of the house dead. He was face down and his neck had obviously been pecked because most of the feathers were missing, but he was not bloody. The hens would not go down to the bottom of the house even after I opened the door. There is a small opening in the bottom of the house where one board meets another. It is probably less than an 3/4 inch wide. When I picked the rooster up to take him out, his insides were all torn up right where the floor gap is. So here is the question- did the hens kill him first and then something else picked at him from underneath, or did something kill him and then the hens picked at him? The black hens were very aggressive with him. However, as far as I can tell, they never bothered any of the 30 chicks we had this spring. Those were all killed by a possum or raccoon, and once a dog. His neck had obviously been pecked because it looked like we had plucked the feathers from about a 2 by 2 inch area. There was no blood on his neck whatsoever. Anyone have any ideas? If it was the hens, dare I get any more chickens? I am afraid if it was them they will do it again. I am a bit afraid for our chick but there is no where else to put her. Thanks.