We had to send the rooster to camp this weekend. This is my first flock, and there are no other roosters. I am going to keep an eye out for new dynamics with the pecking order, and will deal with whatever happens- obviously. I was just curious... what did all of you experience with your flock after you went from having a rooster to suddenly not having one? My hens seem to suddenly notice that I'm around and are much more affectionate. Will a hen step up and alert the group if a threat occurs, or are they lots more vulnerable to predators now? After a while will they figure out that someone else needs to stand guard? Did you have a sudden hierarchy change or did things stay pretty much the same? Were the girls less stressed? More stressed? Thanks!