Any solution for Young Trouble Makers
I have 3 gorgeous Orpington Cockerels. Blue, Mauve and Chocolate Cuckoo. They are about 7 months old now. started crowing about a month ago and getting frisky with the girls. They were kept in line first by the older girls and my existing Legbar rooster. However, while I was paying attention to my work during December, seems like things have gotten out of control in the chicken house.
I have observed them closely over the last couple of days and this is what they have done to the flock:
1. The Legbar rooster is not the boss anymore (at least not theirs)
2. My Alpha Rhode Island Red hen has been running around trying to stay away from them
3. My second in command Red Star hen has been hiding in a corner
4. Other Orpington girls also seem to be harassed.
5. One of the Chocolate Orpingtons who has been refusing to mate had a bloody comb this morning.
So in short since their hormones started flowing there is total chaos in the coop. Only the Legbar girls have manged to fend them off with some spunk and agility.
I am not sure what to do exactly at this point. I feel like separating them till Spring but have a feeling they will become more aggressive the longer I keep them separated. I am wondering if separating/rehoming 1 or 2 of them would be the solution because it seems like they are working in tandem and when they are together they kind of egg each other on.
Any suggestions how to tamper their behavior? People who have experience with roosters, will this phase pass as they age? or once an aggressive rooster is always an aggressive rooster. BTW they are not aggressive towards me or my son so may be I should label them aggressive maters (for the lack of a better word)