Originally Posted by Chaos18
For those of you with roo's I've got a roo question. I've got a SLW roo named Kevin who is just over 5 months old. He has 6 girlfriends and no competition from any other roo's. Lately it seems like he is just spoiling for a fight. I've reached this conclusion from the way he looks at us humans. So far he hasn't done anything besides give us the side-eye like he wants to go a few rounds. I'm blaming it on him going through sexual maturity type of thing as lately it seems he has been "trying" to have his way with his girlfriends. Lots of squaking and hair pulling feathers flying and it doesn't seem like anything gets done. My question is this. Am I right in blaming this "him spoiling for a fight" on his reaching sexual maturity? I've had him since his was 1 week old and if it is the maturity thing than he will be given some leeway but if he's just being ornery for the sake of being ornery he'll lose his head over any fight he starts. He's pretty big and would make a delicious meal or two.
Originally Posted by stake
Sounds like he's normal....adolescent behavior and just , being a roo....my two cents,,,,
I agree with stake, growing pains ... and frustrated teenage rooster energy. Our young roos often spar quite energetically amongst them selves to vent energy and flex their muscles, so to speak. If he did not have a sparring partner then he probably is wanting to flex his authority muscles and is watching to see if you will threaten his status with the hens. as far as his hen skills...they should improve as he and the hens mature. With youngsters there always seems to be a good amount of drama while they get things figured out.
But.... if he attacks for no reason or he injures a hen it will be time to seriously consider replacing him. I would give him a 'time frame' to settle (unless their is a safety issue which precludes it) and go from there.