Rooster Fight - Learning the hard way.
We culled all but one of our cockerels a few days ago. We intended that one to replace our rooster Napoleon in due course. This morning when Brian let the chickens out, he found the cockerel battered and bloody on the coop floor. We are not certain what happened, but speculate he tried to jump a hen and Napoleon took exception to this. This is the first sign of real conflict we have seen.
Brian removed the cockerel to a safe cage and called me. The cockerel was a very sorry sight, bleeding from his comb and several other places, dazed and soaked with blood. I decided that he needed to be put down.
I am posting this mainly to bring this issue to the attention of other backyard poultry raisers. I think that by culling the other three cockerels we unknowingly put the remaining one at risk. This is the first time we have tried to keep a cockerel with the flock once he is sexually mature.
Napoleon is a great flock rooster but he had an accident a few months ago that left him blind in one eye and temporarily demoralized. He has been doing better lately but I suppose if we wanted to replace him we should have culled him with the cockerels and left his son to carry on. Turns out there is more fire in the old boy than I thought.