I have been wanting 2 more chickens. Keeps the eggs flowing a little faster and then it's easier to share them. So a friend of ours gave us 2 small hens, nicknamed Crockett and Tubs. (Someone's a Miami Vice fan. ;) ) Unfortunately they were not hand raised and did not want to come to the coop each night, so the friend gave us a rooster to help round them up. I have always said I did not want a rooster. He was a beautiful rooster, but I knew he was only here temporarily. Well, 1 morning we left the coop open so that they could come/go and get used to it. Unfortunately, that was a mistake.
He did his job of rounding them up and keeping them together. And shortly before we got him, the white hen had disappeared, but she was back within a day of him arriving.
Unfortunately leaving the coop open to help the new hens and the rooster was a mistake. I came home last week to feathers everywhere and one of my hens missing. They are usually only allowed out when I'm home, so I have plenty of guilt and sadness. I know it's the circle of life, but my girls were my girls. They would come running to me when I came out and would come running when it was time to be put up at night. Mr Rooster fought the battle of his life for my girl too. It didn't matter that he wasn't around them (they were very independent and didn't hang around him and the other 2 much), when it came down to it, he fought for them anyway. He did his job.
We thought he'd be ok after a few days, but he was just injured too badly. RIP Mr Rooster. Thanks for trying to protect all of them.