Hi, all - We lost our three hens to a predator last night. We feel guilty and are completely devastated, though we know that this happens frequently when living out near a rural area. They were the first chickens we've ever owned and it is really tough to not wake up and go spend time with them this morning. At least we know they died happy after a long day roaming around the yard now that the foot of snow we've had has melted (for the time being), and we buried them in a deep hole in the backyard. While we miss our three hens dearly...our larger concern at the moment is the lone rooster, Turner, who survived. Last night we were too distraught to really think about what to do with him, but he was sulking last night and very, very quiet (unusual behavior for him, as I'm sure it is with most roosters). It's too dark out right now for me to go and see him this morning, and though I've heard him crow a few times it's less frequent than normal, for sure. We know we will get new chickens eventually, but it likely won't be until springtime (March or April). My fear is what to do with Turner: do we keep him as a lone rooster until we are able to get more chicks, or will he forget about this flock once he is rehomed to a new flock ASAP with lots of lovely ladies? I know he feels that his purpose is to protect his flock, and part of me feels that without a flock he won't be happy...but it is wholly possible I am giving him too much credit, emotionally speaking. I just want to do the best thing for him at this point, since we let down our three hens already. Will he be fine as a single bird for 4-5 months until we get some new baby chicks, or should mom and dad do the best thing for him and find him a happy home?