Is my flock relaxed or depressed?

bloom chicks

Songster
8 Years
Jun 6, 2011
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FL
Yesterday I told you about my rooster that pushed my daughter...... From the response that I got I decided to remove him.....So last night I put him in a dog cage in the garage....... This morning when I let my flock out my BO alpha rooster was looking around like he was looking for something....then he went and laid down.......Usually they are very active and he is always on the look out.........Are they relaxed because the other rooster is gone or are they depressed or concerned?
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........... Are there signs I should look for?....... Should I put the other rooster back with the flock?....... I have 14 girls and 9- 2 1/2 week old chicks.......... the BR rooster looks very sad that he is in the dog cage..... Any and all input or advice is greatly appreciated.....Thank you!
 

bloom chicks

Songster
8 Years
Jun 6, 2011
373
3
103
FL
Yes at the moment! I don't know how many roosters I have in my clutch yet. Ugh!
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Now my BO that use to be protective of my daughter pecked her tonight when I was closing up the coop! He is such a sweet rooster. Now do I get rid of him too?
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jeslewmazer

Songster
Nov 24, 2009
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Pecks can be a lot different than attacks. Chickens don't have hands to grab, and they don't see well in the dark, so to see what something might be at/around dark they might peck at it.
 

greatchicken

Chirping
8 Years
Jan 27, 2011
155
4
99
Michigan
I would just let things calm down for a couple of day. He may just be a little stress from the loss of the other roo. Chickens are not real fond of change.

ETA: Just keep an eye on him when he is around your daughter. The pecking order is going to have to be reestablished.
 
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greatchicken

Chirping
8 Years
Jan 27, 2011
155
4
99
Michigan
We had 7 roos at one time. When we re homed 6 of them the one we kept got a little feisty for a day or two but now he is back to his sweet self.
 

bloom chicks

Songster
8 Years
Jun 6, 2011
373
3
103
FL
Thank you I am hoping that is the case..... Do you think that he will be able to protect my flock now all by himself....... my husband is concerned that he may not be able to protect the flock by himself....... I have 14 hens and 9 chicks that are almost 3 weeks old.......
 

7L Farm

Songster
9 Years
Jul 22, 2010
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86
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Anderson, Texas
Did you incubate or have a broody? Sounds like your hen hatched them. If their all living together & you free range. You probably will need another roo. I'd let the young ones grow up before adding another roo.
 

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