Beginning of this week I went out to the coop in the evening and discovered that there'd been a radical change in the power dynamic - Crowley beet the crap out of Romulus. I found Romulus hiding in a nesting box, scratched up and bleeding with two black eyes. janusdp may remember that Crowley even as a baby always did go for the face!
Wow, that's some serious action-adventure happenings for those chickens! I love the drama :)
Here's hoping that Romulus recovers well, and/or that a new cock develops without total jerk qualities. I gather that this is a pretty critical thing for the whole flock.
Yeah, because they're totally free-range it really helps to have a rooster that will look out for them. But ever-picky, I'm grateful to Romulus for being both awesome with the ladies and also not giving me scars! Remus was a doll with the hens, very considerate, but he attacked people unpredictably. The original Romulus was cuddly and affectionate with people, but a total dictator in the coop - he wouldn't let the hens out, and when we'd go in to check on them they'd all be standing on their perches very straight and tall, and looking terrified! Romulus was a perfect balance. Crowley is Romulus' son, and his mommahen was awesome, so he's been well brought up and so far is looking promising - we just have to get through that thing where they hit full maturity, which sometimes comes with a personality change. Also we'll see how he does with the power rush that comes from winning this fight!
I let them out yesterday and Crowley stayed in the coop and crowed for about ten minutes before sticking his head out - I think he was afraid Romulus was waiting outside to pounce on him and beat the crap out of him. (Romulus is in the porch while he recuperates.)