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We live in North Central Florida
We have 5 hens and a Rooster and as of late I notice 3 of the hens are showing signs of being pecked.
They have a large pen and coop and free range 4 to 5 hours a day.
Could the rooster be doing this?
The rooster is a Rhode Island Red and is very aggressive.
And while I am here do I really need a Rooster?
Thank you for any help.
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Oh no I'm sorry to hear that. Yes it can be your rooster that breed is known to be aggressive. No you really don't need a rooster, hens can lay eggs on their own and it will be more peaceful for them. The only thing you'd need a rooster for is protecting them (if they free range) and fertilizing their eggs. 

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post #3 of 6

Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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post #4 of 6

Ever hear that old line, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander?"

 

Well, what's fun for the rooster isn't as much fun for the hen.

 

In truth, I would say you need a few more hens or one less roo. Depends

on your needs, your goals. I don't want an aggressive rooster period. But

if you feel he is there to protect the girls? Unless you're looking for fertile

eggs?

 

Your choice, but aggressive roosters don't make good pets. Sooner or later

it will get you....or get a child.

post #5 of 6

Hi and welcome to BYC. I agree with the sentiments above. My flock seems a lot happier without a roo than they did when i did have one.

 

All the best

CT

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post #6 of 6

Hens seem much happier without a rooster harassing them.  They will continue to lay just as many eggs  though  non-fertile ones.

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