Today I woke up thinking we would butcher our extra EE roo today. I had him penned up so we could get it over with quickly. Well, we lost a rooster today, but it wasn't him. I also had a silver laced polish rooster. He always acted weird, but I thought it was just a breed characteristic because I had 4 others at one point and they were all a little weird He still ate and drank normally, and he didn't crow but made plenty of other sounds. Today I decided I would give him a haircut just before butchering the other roo so he could see. He did walk around a bit, but not as much as the other chickens and I thought it was because he couldn't see. I liked him because he never struggled when you went to pick him up and was always friendly. Well, I scooped him up and sat him on the deck to cut his 'hair'. He stank. My chickens don't stink. Some of his head feathers were matted from getting in the water trough and then getting in his food. I thought it was that. I started snipping...and found that his right eye was swollen shut from infection of some sort. His head was horribly infected because somehow a small part of his scalp had ripped and I had not noticed so I didn't know to treat it. He was obviously miserable. I have never felt so low in all my chicken keeping life. How could I have missed this?? I love my chickens! I'm out with them every day and they are all fat and happy!! We put him down immediately, as there was nothing I could do for him. I feel awful, for having let him get that bad and not noticing. There is no telling how long he suffered, I just thought he was being himself! If we ever have extra roos we butcher them and that doesn't bother me much, but they never suffer. I just hate that he did. I'm upset with myself and needed to get this out, to people who understand. I guess the brightside is the EE roo didn't have to go since we lost the Polish. It's his lucky day.