Hi everyone! I am a new member to BYC, with not much experience. This is my first flock, and we literally just put our girls out in the coop a few weeks ago. I was shipped a box of day-old chicks back in June that consisted of: 2 Buff Orphingtons, 2 Ameracaunas, 2 australorps, 2 barred plymouth rocks, and 2 anconas with 10 random males thrown in the box for heat. (we later went back to the website we ordered from & identified them as california whites?) 2 of the males and one of the Anconas died in transport, so that left me with 17 chickens. I could stare at those cute little fuzzballs for hours and never get bored, but we were still unsure what to do with all of those roosters. Our neighbor, who has had a flock of her own for years, recomended auctioning them off, and we planned on doing so until they were about 4 weeks old... when... a few of the roosters attacked my ameracaunas! The first one I caught in the middle of the attack and saved her, stopped the bleeding on her back, put antibiotic cream & dressed the wound, & put her in a separate box with food & water and all that good stuff... only for her to pass a few days later of some mysterious illness? (her crop was filled with air when I found her?) The other, I unfortunetly never had the chance to save, as she was dead when I found her. I discovered soon after that they ripped up the backs of both of my australorps, as well. Needless to say, those roosters didn't stick around for much longer... So now I'm down to 7 hens and all has been well for a few weeks. The australorps are now recovering and their feathers are even starting to grow back in. Does anyone know what could have caused those attacks, anyways? I know they were being fed enough, as I literally JUST filled the feeders an hour before the first attack happened. Was it because Ameracaunas are too docile a breed? I know that there were too many roosters, but wouldn't you think the roosters would attack each other & leave the hens out of it, or am I wrong? I fell in love with Ameracaunas as soon as we saw them... but I'm not sure if I should get anymore (or roosters, even) if the same thing is going to happen again. Any help, comments or opinions would be appreciated. Thanks, Liz.