My chicken troubles, for the most part, are now over. My Easter Egger rooster Peregrin Took died in his sleep last night at 11:00...
Yesterday was a busy and tiring day at the polls, where I was a student clerk. I woke up at 4am and went to bed at 10 am. I'm still exhausted, actually.
When we got home, my dad told me that he was unable to find one of my roosters to put him away. When I looked and couldn't find him either, I panicked and, I confess I said some mean things to my father. I'm now very remorseful about that.
_ Yesterday one of my two roosters decided that a change in the pecking order was due. He began to fight with my other cock, and for the rest of the day we could hear them flapping around trying to beat each other.
If you're having this experience now, please be calm! This is a natural side-effect of keeping more than one male chicken. Don't try to separate the roosters, and don't intervene. You don't have to watch if you don't want to, but they will have to fight it out for themselves, and will likely be finished after a few days.
It's critically important to leave your roosters alone during this process, because the more you distract them, the longer and bloodier the battle will be. I once went as far as to lock one of my cocks in a cage, but when I let him out, the fight continued for another week.
Just remember, the war will be over soon, and your roosters will recover and begin looking handsome again. My roosters fought in their box until late last night, but when I let them out this morning, a new pecking order had been established with very little bloodshed.
I'm a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California Arcadia Mission.