This morning I found our Welsummer rooster dead.

We got him as a 6 month old from our neighbors in August of 2014.

Welsummer rooster, August 2014

I love Welsummer hens so thought adding a rooster might be a good idea.  He grew up into a handsome and well-behaved rooster.

Welsummer rooster, April 2016

He protected his harem and never caused any problems.  And I loved his eyebrows.

Welsummer rooster, May 2018

He started getting harassed by younger roosters though but would recover when they went to their freezer graves.


Welsummer rooster, January 2019

Ever last month he had bounced back from the young roosters we then butchered.  He started crowing again and had reestablished his harem.

Welsummer rooster, March 2019

Just yesterday he was looking good. But this morning I found his head all bloodied and trapped at the bottom of the ladder to the hay loft.  He was obviously killed by something that did not want to eat him and just attacked his head.  I suspected the young red roosters.

Then they chased the nice rooster and then a hen.  Finally one of them viciously attacked the nice rooster (son of the Welsummer) in front of Tom.  Next thing I knew Tom was heading to the barn with a gun.  Three hours later, here they are:

It changed our plans for the morning but was worth it.  No other chickens have to die due to these mean roosters.  Hopefully there will be peace in the barnyard again.  I do feel bad we had not done this earlier, and we lost a great rooster because of it.  But we have his son who will hopefully take his place.

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7 Responses to Roosters

  1. Jeanne says:

    I’m very sorry about the beautiful rooster! I can hardly imagine his beauty.


  2. Michelle says:

    Well, that’s the first time I’ve heard of someone SHOOTING chickens; don’t people usually break their necks or chop their heads off?


    • Donna says:

      Yes. But shooting is more humane in my opinion. You just throw some grain down and it is over fast. The other options require you to catch and scare them first.


  3. Denise says:

    sorry about the welsummer rooster. he was a handsome guy. 😦


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