Animals sometimes show the most amazing amount of compassion for others. They can also be so mean to each other.
Last week my young rooster was attacked. I found him wedged behind the laying boxes. He had been trying to get away from his attacker(s). The attack had evidently just happened. If only I had gone out there a few minutes sooner, then I could have prevented the attack. I picked him up and carried him out of the pen.
I washed the blood from his face and doctored the places. I am afraid that he may have lost his vision in both eyes. As I was cleaning his face, Jackie, a barn cat, came to see what was going on. She rubbed against him gently.
Jackie gently sniffed his face. She knew that he had been hurt. The rooster did not complain, but sat still while Jackie purred and rubbed against him. Jackie mewed softly as if she were trying to comfort him.
The rooster was not afraid of Jackie. Everyday I take the rooster out of his cage and sit with him outside a few times during the day. I let him walk around. If he will be blind, then he will need to learn how to live as a blind rooster. I stay with him the entire time and he listens to the sound of my voice. That sound tells him where I am. He will walk away from me only if Jackie is with him. Otherwise, he stays as close to me as he can get. Jackie guides him where he walks. Jackie showed a remarkable amount of compassion for this rooster, in spite of the fact that his own kind attacked and tried to kill him. Normally my cats ignore the chickens. If they are getting too close, the cats will get up and move away from the chickens. They are not enemies, they are not friends, but have decided to exist together here.
The rooster seems to be able to tell the difference between lightness and darkness. Perhaps his eyes will heal in time. Until then, Jackie will help him.
We bought him as a chick from Tractor Supply, The chicks were supposed to be sexed. Somehow they missed this one. He is a Rhode Island Red, I wasn't sure that I wanted to keep him when I found out he was a rooster. Guess that he will be staying now though!