It seems that because he is at the bottom of the pecking order, he waits in seclusion to attack the hens while the dominate rooster is out of sight. His attacks are so severe that he ends up killing the hen.
The first hen I found dead had been fearful of going inside the hen house and I would literally pick her up and carry her in, having no idea she was a victim. I thought the extreme cold got her while actually I had carried her to her death. I would never have believed the rooster was a killer until I caught him in action last night.
This time I managed to stop the attack and rescue the next hen, very near death. I put her in a cage away from the rest. This morning, after reading MY ROOSTER IS A PSYCHOPATH RAPIST, at Backyard Chickens online, I better understand the problem.
I hope my damaged hen is still alive this morning but I doubt she will be. Her comb was raw and bloody and it looked like her right leg was broken. After 16 years raising chickens, it is still a learning process for me.
|J.T. is a Rhode Island Red and is a gorgeous rooster but looks can be deceiving.|