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We have had chickens for 5 years now.  We currently have 28 hens and 2.5 roosters (okay, three roosters but one looks like a rooster but doesn't act like one in any way at all so we often forget that we actually have three roosters.)

 

Our oldest rooster is three or four years old.  Last year, we received 4 pullets from a local who wanted the experience of hatching eggs for her children but didn't want to keep hens.  Problem was, one of the pullets turned out to be a rooster.  Same breed as our oldest - barred rock.  For the last year, our old roo - Dominick - was the one on top - he chased Baby Roo as we called the other one  and kept him in his place.  Baby Roo has always been somewhat hostile towards humans and we have to arm ourselves with something to protect ourselves from him whenever we are taking care of the hens.  Dom would sometimes intervene and chase him away from us.  Dom is a sweetheart - he's never ever been a problem.  Takes great care of his girls and never challenges us.

 

This week, the tables have turned.  Baby Roo is now top rooster and Dom is afraid of him.  He cowers in a corner of the pen and goes out of his way to avoid getting Baby Roo's attention.  He wouldn't even go into the coop tonight and when I (gently) chased him in, Baby Roo started to hop down off the roost so Dom turned around and left the coop again before Baby Roo hit the floor.  I set up a cage outside the coop and coaxed him into it.  He was not happy at all about this turn of events but I think Baby Roo would kill him if I forced him into the coop.

 

So, my main question is this:  if we got rid of Baby Roo, will Dom regain his status in the flock?  The third rooster won't do anything - he is a true chicken - afraid of everything.  Has Dom been irreparably harmed by his experience with Baby Roo this week or will he recover his confidence in Baby Roo's absence?

 

How could this have happened so quickly - just a matter of days ago, Dom was chasing Baby Roo around but now he's acting terrified of him.

 

Pamela

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Get rid of Baby Roo. If he was at my house, he'd already be chicken chile verde, since life is too short to have a mean rooster.

Dom will probably regain status once he's gone.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke
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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke
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Why keep a rooster that you have to arm yourself against? Status changes can happen very quickly in the chicken world. I'd get rid of the mean one and hopefully your other one can regain his place as alpha rooster. 

Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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I had one like this and one day I bent down to put a small pale in the pen and he flogged my on the forhead, left about a 1/2in gash, needless to say he isn't with us anymore.... it's just not worth it what if he'd gotten out and got one of my kids? Nope killed him on the spot I don't need nor want a roo like that I have game roo's that don't do that so that a nope nope
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