Hi all. I have a question about young cockerels. I have watched my 3 barred rocks bump chests from very early on, but they have never been mean to each other. I bought some Australorps a few weeks ago. They are only a week younger than the BRs but a few of them are much smaller. So my BRs are 4.5 weeks and the lorps are 3.5 weeks. One is a definite roo with a larger red comb already. Yesterday one of my BR boys was dust bathing and the little lorp roo looked like he was trying to lay down with him. But then out of nowhere he stands on top on his back, bites his comb and thrashes back and forth for a few seconds before jumping off. Blue was left with a little blood on his comb. Is this what I should start expecting as the boys get older or is Granger just a real ahole? We only plan to keep one roo. I was rooting for this one but not if he's a big meany.
They all should be out to the coop by next weekend, hopefully sooner. Really stinks it's going to rain all weekend. The finish line is in sight! I will get pics soon.
I keep several roosters, breed specific and free ranged. The less boys I keep, the more aggression issues I have. Any rooster that is aggressive to humans or severely aggressive to other birds is removed from my flock.
Looking forward to your pictures!
Thank you. I was kinda feeling like he is just plain mean. I was so shocked to see it, but glad I did! I would never keep a mean rooster around. I have no intentions on passing on the jerk genes either. He will be culled. We had always planned to process extra roos between 12-14 weeks. From what I've read, it seems to be the ideal time. Correct me if wrong. Will we still need to separate all of the boys if we process that early? I will definitely keep an eye and separate any aggressors as early as needed (which may end up be fairly soon).
One of our three EE pullets is starting to look like a cockerel. He/she is so skiddish though lol. I think probably the only chick I haven't held since those first few days. Most of the rest jump right up on my arm. Hopefully he/she will calm down a little in time. It makes it difficult though. I really would like to keep one of my BR roosters. I'm really attached to one and could never eat him. He tends to go hang with the girls when all the chest bumping is going on lol. I couldn't imagine getting rid of Osh-kosh either, since we always thought he was a hen. Yes, it will be difficult. Makes me think about more hens...maybe another coop...bah chickens make people crazy...
Unless zoning prohibits it, more than one rooster isn't necessarily a bad thing. The extra guy functions as a spare in the event #1 dies in the line of duty. He makes for two more eyes and ears should danger come knocking. You'll want plenty of girls to spread the love around, but each boy will pick his favorites. I've seen flocks with 30 hens and one roo, and he only mated about four as his special favorites. I have six adult roos and three up-and-comers with 25 laying hens and half a dozen pullets (soon to be laying or have recently started)--and I still get infertile eggs, and have two bare-back hens who appear to be popular with everyone.
Skiddish is an EE thing. Most EEs are really curious about everything but don't like people grabbing for them or getting picked up. Most of mine will eat out of my hand. A wily disposition appears to be the norm.
My EE/OE flock is pretty social. Its all in how they are raised, and the parents disposition.
What a great deal! I have to pass I am doing seasonal species now, brooders are full.