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I finally got rid of my only rooster (1 roo and 3 hens).  He was just a mean bird - I couldn't walk outside without him coming at me - even after holding him!!!

My question is now that the roo is gone - my hens are all over the place!  They don't stay together anymore.  He kept everybody in line!

 

Do I HAVE to have a roo?  Any breeds less aggressive or kinder???  

 

I have to say - it is so pleasant now outside with the girls!!

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I finally got rid of my only rooster (1 roo and 3 hens).  He was just a mean bird - I couldn't walk outside without him coming at me - even after holding him!!!

My question is now that the roo is gone - my hens are all over the place!  They don't stay together anymore.  He kept everybody in line!

 

Do I HAVE to have a roo?  Any breeds less aggressive or kinder???  

 

I have to say - it is so pleasant now outside with the girls!!

You definitely don't 'have to have a roo' ---   And there are breeds that are sweeter by reputation than others. 

 

One thing to consider if they are at risk is 'pastured poultry'  -- in other words, there is some containment -- by a portable netting fence or other means so that they can't wander into danger.  

 

It could be that the flock will become more compatable as time goes past, or it could be they were always hooligans and it made the rooster crazy?  It was a tough job to keep them together.  He was so frazzled he attacked you in his frustration.

 

Know what you mean about having the mean rooster gone -- it does make life and chicken keeping much more pleasant. 

 

Good luck with it. 

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BYC page:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chickats-page  

BYC blog of sorts  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/jottings-ii

 

"Was dich nicht umwirft, macht dich starker"   "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."-Friedrich Nietzsche 

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post #3 of 8

You don;t have too.And even if you are looking for one to keep them altogetehr,doesn't mean the rooster will.Some roosters are different and each do their job different.Any breed of a chicken can be aggressive.You could get the same kind of breed and end up with him being docile.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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Thanks!!

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Thanks!!

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I have a very nice bantam frizzle cochin roo who is so nice! He take such good care of his ladies!! He brings them food scraps and he rarely eats them himself 🐓 in return his girls preen him smile.png
 
You're the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I'm broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love.

~Rend Collective

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You're the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I'm broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love.

~Rend Collective

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post #7 of 8
Just thiught id say soubds kike you have a great flock troyergal!Never knew hens preened roosters.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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post #8 of 8

Thank you TheTwoRoos!  I actually never knew they did that either :) just found out a few days ago ;)

 
You're the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I'm broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love.

~Rend Collective

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You're the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I'm broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love.

~Rend Collective

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