So today was the day we had scheduled for breaking up the breeding pens and letting all the poultry (except for the grow outs, which live in the tractor) range together. This will dramatically simplify management and chick sales blow chunks this year anyway (thanks, Rural King!), so it was time. The birds have never been out of sight of each other - they could see and interact with all the birds through the fences. So I thought that this would be fairly trauma free.
I forgot about roosters.
First Hendrix had to fight Norris. Then he had to fight Jones. Then Jones and Norris had to fight. Doesn't matter that Jones and Norris had been in the same pen this entire time, during which Norris had been the Boss Rooster from day 1. No, they had to resort everything.
Did you know that comb and wattle injuries bleed? A lot? Like, more blood than you think a chicken could reasonably loose without passing out or something? So if any of you are around here in the next week or so, please remember that there are no secret cock fighting rings at 4Farthings. Just a bunch of asshole roosters who occasionally loose their ever loving minds and become psychotic comb biting jerks.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go put Blu Coat on everything.