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My rooster died overnight....Help!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Crysmunoz, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Crysmunoz

    Crysmunoz In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2011
    My son went to go pick up the eggs this morning and he came dinning in crying that our Roo was laying with his feet in the air dead! He was a little bloody on one of his wings. My question is did the hens kill him or did something else? We have 9 girls is that too many for one rooster? We are new chicken owners so any help is appreciated. We've had the rooster for almost a year but just got the girls this weekend.

  2. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Songster

    No that is not too many hens for 1 roo, and he probably was trying to defend them from something else and gave his life doing it. Do you have any pics?
  3. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    If you just put them together it certainly is possible that the hens could have killed him. Generally you want to introduce slowly. How closely did you check him out? "A little bloody on one of his wings" doesn't sound like much physical damage to be going on.
  4. Crysmunoz

    Crysmunoz In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2011
    I didn't really check him out well since my son was right there and Billy was his favorite pet. He was crying and I dint want to upset him more so I just put Billy in a trash bag and told him we can bury him when he gets home. He is at school now so I can get a better look. You think I should post pictures? I didn't want to gross any one out.
  5. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There's a good chance he just died, maybe of a heart or liver problem, and the others pecked the body.
  6. Crysmunoz

    Crysmunoz In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2011
    That's what I thought, maybe he was so happy to have so many lovely ladies around he just couldnt handle it? Just yesterday I sat outside watching them for about 20 minutes and he got romantic with 3 of them, in 20 minutes I thought that was too much for such a short time. So now what is the best way to get a new rooster and introduce them?
  7. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Songster

    Aug 2, 2011
    Madison, CT
    I think you should check him out or post pictures.
    Its possible it could have been an illness you weren't aware about if you didn't see any injury.
    I think its important to rule out illness to you know whether your other chickens are at risk of catching it and dieing to.
    But there is a high possibility he was defending the hens and got attacked.
    Only looking at the body will let you have a better idea.

  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Weasels will make a bite under the wing or on the neck and lap up the blood. The only mark they make is little bite marks in the "wing pit" or on the neck. I had one wipe out a dozen or so 6-week old chcks one time, and that was the only evidence that was left.
  9. Crysmunoz

    Crysmunoz In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2011
    I checked Billy out and there is no bites of any kind. There is a little dried blood but like someone said it does look like he was pecked a bit by the girls. I have no idea what happened but the girls are acting like normal. Is there something I should look for that might mean they are sick? Y'all are so helpful!

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