5 month old rooster chasing his flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newchickiemom48, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. newchickiemom48

    newchickiemom48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an almost 6 month old rooster who I hatched myself and is very attached to me. When I brought him out to the barn I had him in a chicken pen in the big coop with the main flock. He eventually ran out of head room so I introduced him to a mother hen and 3 month old chick in a 4 hen coop. All was fine as far as nobody getting hurt and the hen and her baby certainly fly well enough to stay out of his way. He has not demonstrated any protective behavior, just kind of uses his rooster power to be selfish with the facility. He chases them randomly and has never shown any sexual behavior at all. Instead of roosting with them at night he hogs the entire upstairs, streches out and makes them go to the downstairs screened part of the coop to sleep at night. How do I encourage my little flock to perch together and stay warm at night?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    It's normal for young cockerels to hog the food, and his protective behavior will come out as he's accepted into the flock. How long has he been with them? Chasing is mating behavior, but they aren't allowing him to mate yet. You can put the others on the roost with him after dark, and they will get used to roosting with him.
     
  3. newchickiemom48

    newchickiemom48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the info. It has been maybe 3 weeks to a month that they have been together. I will try moving them upstairs after dark.
     

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