What are the thoughts on Why is my rooster all of a sudden attacking one of my hens?
1 Rooster 4 Hens, all 1 year old, all been together since they were 1 day old - Leghorn X breeds
Rooster (named GT) is usually quite placid - very happy to have a cuddle with me every day and stays quiet until I decide to put him down - can be up to 15 mins or more by the time we've had a done the rounds of the garden and had our chat. He does his duties with the hens, but is quite attentive in his protective/eating/nesting duties...
My thoughts on to why he has turned on the one hen have been skimmed from posts I have read on these forums.
Hen is named El Pollo
Hen is molting
Hen is possibly not laying
Hen is otherwise eating and drinking
During the day - I let all free range and everyone goes about business as usual - except the El Pollo - says to herself. We pop her with the pack when we can and rooster shoos her away. We give her time with the other girls alone while GT is in the Chook Tractor so she doesn't loose touch with the hens too.
Night time - Rooster is in his own separate pen within the main chook run and all the girls are in their usual house - no problem with the girls allowing her in to sleep.
Morning - I let the rooster out and into a chook tractor so the girls can have peace and lay - except El Pollo who i think is not laying.
Will El Polo start laying again after molt?
How long does most usually last?
Any other suggestions as to how to manage? Not super-keen to get rid of rooster as he is otherwise quite gentlemanly....
Looking forward to your input.