1st Roo's need help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Spud395, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. Spud395

    Spud395 In the Brooder

    Aug 3, 2009
    Ok, I've 2 roo's, they just started to crow a few weeks ago.
    Now I only ever kept hens untill now so this is a first for me.
    I thought 2 would be fine with 14 girls but they seem to be giving some of them a lot of attention.
    One in particular, she was the queen untill these guys showed up.
    I had to take her out of the run this morning as she was all bloody around the comb/head.
    One of them pulled her into the coup by the comb as the other stood by the door as if on guard.
    This seems almost sinister.
    The bigger guy has also taken to attacking the dog.
    I raised these from chicks and would like to keep them, but does it sound like they may be trouble or is this normal behaviour.
    If I was to give one the chop would it help the other guy settle down?

  2. Morri

    Morri what's quackalackin?

    Jan 8, 2010
    I had a problem like this but he was aggressive to humans, he cut me a few times. In the end we had to get rid of him. maybe give one away to a chicken breeder or something, so you dont waist a good rooster!! They say roosters that are hand raised have more confidence towards humans and chickens so can be alot more voilent. Well goodluck and post what you end up deciding!
  3. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    When roosters hit the teenage stage, their hormones surge, and they are very rough on the ladies. It's possible that they will mellow out when they mature.

    If you REALLY want to keep the both of them, perhaps you should separate them out, away from the hens, for a while. They might be less love crazed in a few months.

    Or maybe not. Some roos are never gentlemen.

    If you give the more aggressive one the chop, chances are that the less dominant one will step up and become more aggressive himself. The job description is alpha bird, and that position is currently filled by one particular roo. If he is gone, the other will fill it. Will he do a better job, be a nicer boss? There is no way to know that beforehand.

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