Hello all. I am from Alabama and I have 3 hens and one rooster. My dominiquer hen's name is Ethel. She started out as my "problem hen" but has since settled down. I have (2) Rhode Island reds named Thelma and Louise. The hens have become very social and will eat out of your hand. My rooster is a feather footed Rhode Island red (That's what they told me anyway). He is very protective and funny the problem I have with him is that he pecks and eats the bugs and such and we thought he was filling out pretty good but we dusted them for mites and realized he wasn't putting on any weight. We started watching him and he will not eat the pellets at all. He eats the cracked corn and lets the girls eat but we have tried to mix pellets at a higher mixture than the cracked corn and he just won't have it. We have wormed and dusted them and the girls are looking very good their feathers are coming back in and they are definitely healthy. Any suggestions as to what to do for the Rooster. We added red cell to cracked corn hoping that it would boost his appetite but he continued to eat the corn. With cooler weather and winter approaching I am afraid he's not going to get the nutrition he needs. He's a baby and I don't want to loose him. I lost one of my dominiquers in the spring and I don't know that my emotions could part with another one. Also I have one Rhode Island red that refuses to lay in the laying box. She lays her egg in the corner under the roosting pole. It's a pain but that is where she lays. If she gets out in the morning she has one spot in the yard that she lays in. If I don't look where she's been we may not find that egg. Any suggestions on that one?