Is this normal behavior? I have a 17 week old Polish roo who kicks, pecks, and shoves all his seven hens away from the feed bucket in the morning. The behavior seems to decrease after he eats his fill, but he will still come over and kick and peck if he seems to notice them eating throughout the day. The hens end up taking turns eating from the side of the bucket he is not on. He doesn't have his spurs and has not crowed or mated anyone yet.
I'm guessing he is bored but I do not know what would solve the issue. It is a 5 gallon feed bucket and if I let the 7 pullets eat in the morning while I hold him and hand feed him, they all eat peacefully. The pullets in general are content and do not fight, and the run is 110 sq ft. They also get free range time. However I wonder if the roo is bored in the run. I did not trim his feathers back from his eyes after their last molt because I don't know if he is going to be an extra nasty turd about mating them either when that kicks in, but I am wondering maybe if he could see better he would see they aren't threatening his food?