Thankfully haven't had to go through the dreaded reshuffle of the pecking order in my rooster flock yet. The 4 boys in my rooster flock are all edging on 3 years old now and long-ago settled down from their juvenile agressiveness.
I’m so sorry for your loss @MickWithChicks. I still miss my aggressive roos. After knowing them for a long time, it’s hard when they’re gone, even the angry boys.And then there were 3.
It finally happened. My rooster Dasher was taken today by a fox. We hadn't had a fox attack in about 2 years. Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen were all going crazy, so I went to investigate. Feathers everywhere and the three had retreated into their stable. Followed the trail feathers and found Dasher still alive but with irreparable injuries. Ended it for him with cervical dislocation.
He'd been charging me when I'd enter the run for the last couple of months and I was trying to train the behaviour away. It'll be nice to not get flogged everytime I enter, but I'll miss his morning crows.
RIP little dude.
Question - would you leave the body for the fox to take (and buy you a bit more time to secure the entry point in the run), or would you take the body and bury it? I've left it for now, but have some reservations in doing so.
Hard way to learn that lesson, though.6 weeks since the fox attack. He hasn't been back. There was a dead fox on the road about 1500m from the property, I'm hoping it was him.
Anyway, now that Dasher is dead, the other three get along so well. It's like there's finally an equilibrium in the rooster flock. I don't get flogged anymore, Vixen isn't always steering clear of the others.
I knew removing a problem roo from a normal flock can make a huge difference, didn't realise the same was true for a rooster flock.
The thing about rooster flocks is that the majority of people don't keep them. Roosters in rooster flocks act significantly different to those in standard flocks.Hard way to learn that lesson, though.
This is so interesting. I had a really similar experience with our rooster Pigeon who died earlier this summer. He was always a problem child, the secondary dominant rooster in a flock of 3. He would challenge the alpha and lose and then beat up the rooster below him to console himself. Really a little jerk. We still cared about him so I never would have culled him but especially over the winter he was starting fights and really annoying. It's kind of a relief for this winter, and the flock is much more stable now.Anyway, now that Dasher is dead, the other three get along so well. It's like there's finally an equilibrium in the rooster flock. I don't get flogged anymore, Vixen isn't always steering clear of the others.