Originally Posted by summerb123
yeah but but but! I don't wanna cull! that's the problem! I would NEVER get over the fact I did that to my boy! But yes I have still Toffee and he is a rooster but I am afraid if we absolutely have to cull him and put Toffee in there he will get bullied by the hens that are as bis as him! and I would have to separate him and his "adopted daughter" Pepper b/c they would bully her and even kill the chick!
(I got off topic I know lol)
but maybe he might not just be aggressive! He might be bored or something!
Well, let's look at your options. You can continue on as you are doing, being charged at by your rooster, having to watch your back and having a bullied, stressed out flock while you're trying to "rehabilitate" him. Or you can cull (which simply means to "remove from the flock" not necessarily "kill") him, and try your other rooster and his "adopted daughter" (Are they wilt the flock now? If not, where are they?) with them. Or, if the other rooster isn't with the flock, you can cull the aggressive one, and leave the other two where they are. I can't think of anything else, can you?
Personally, I would reduce the stress in my flock so my hens can stay healthy and continue laying well. Stressed hens are not healthy bird, nor do they lay as well as they could. I feel that I'd be doing right by them that way.
Again, sometimes making hard decisions that are a benefit to the whole flock are necessary when keeping chickens. It's not easy making those grown-up choices, and I don't enjoy it either. But there are times when you've gotta do what you've gotta do... Give him a chance if you wish, but keep in mind how it's affecting the other birds and how it may not be fair to them.