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Rooster acting offish

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mychickenbertha, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. mychickenbertha

    mychickenbertha Out Of The Brooder

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    My Austrlorp Rooster has been acting offish for the last few weeks. He is not the dominate roo and doesn't demand attention like the dominate one. So i am not sure if its just because i am in the run with him. He is eating and drinking fine and his stools seem to be normal. I have checked him for crop issues and he seems OK there. Also checked him for bugs under his wings and couldn't see anything. Just wormed all the chickens a few days ago as well. When ever i go into the run he seems to hide. I also have not heard him crow in quite awhile.The only other thing that is different is that one of his girls passed away almost 3 weeks ago. Anyone know if roos get depressed?
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2013
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    It could be that losing his girl shook him a bit. Chickens do mourn losses, like we do and they can get depressed too. Just give him a little extra attention and treats and hopefully he'll bounce back soon.
     

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