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Originally Posted by carlsaSC View Post
 

I have a small flock of 11 girls ranging from a year old to 5 years. The five years old hens are Buff Orpingtons and the younger chicks are BSLs and a Gold Comet. Also have 3 Dominiques that are 4. I have a RIR/Ameraucana cross rooster that has always been submissive to people and watches his hens generally well. However, he is extremely aggressive toward two of the Buffies. I suspect he killed one of them. (I had segregated two when he would charge them, hold them down and peck at them. One was nearly dead, but revived when separated. I suspect he ultimately killed that one when they were out free-ranging.) So, there is one Buffie in his good graces and one not. I found the out of favor chicken lying on the ground, her neck and head badly beaten. Again, I suspect the roo. I am limited in how much separation I can manage, but she sleeps outside the coop in the secure run at night. I could close her off, but that would mean dedicating a third of the run to only one chicken, an old, non-laying one at that. But, I don't want the roo to beat her to death. I doubt the roo can be trained to not be as aggressive to only one hen, but I don't know how to redirect his behavior.


The solution to this is to separate the nasty roo from the hens. Or cull. That means kill. Or give him to someone who wants him. There's no way to train a roo to be nice to hens.

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Well, she is in recovery room now. She's segregated, and she is the only one the roo abuses. So, we'll see how the recovery goes, but I'm sure you're right about not being able to remedy the roo's behavior toward her.

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