I processed our rooster two weekends ago. It was not our original intent to have a rooster, but our 'mystery chick' turned out to be a boy. Despite all my hens being large fowl breeds and our rooster being a significantly smaller Hamburg, he was putting a lot of wear and tear on the ladies. Out of 17 ladies, about 5 had severe feather loss to the back and neck areas. He became increasingly aggressive to me so the decision was made to alleviate everyone's stress. However, since he's been gone the ladies have seemed depressed. They are less active, more bedraggled looking, and egg production has slowed. Could they actually miss having that little tyrant around?