Adult rooster wants in with my 10 week old chicks.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cody Jo, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. Cody Jo

    Cody Jo Just Hatched

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    Hello, a few months ago, I had 3 rooster show up on my property. Dumped I assumed. One was killed shortly thereafter by a predator. One, I found a new home. The last a young Phoenix cross (?), proved impossible to catch and made himself a home in the rafters of our barn. Since, then I bought and raised 21 chicks and kept 7 of them. I recently moved the 10 week old Cochin and Orpington to their new coop and covered run. The barely approachable vagrant is now pacing the fence line and making all sorts of noise. Any advice how to handle this situation?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    He is probably seeing them as intruders. Hopefully he can't get in with them as he might attack them. He should calm down after a few weeks as he gets used to them. Are you wanting to keep him? Or just can't get rid of him?
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Do you plan to have the rooster hanging around forever? do you plan to integrate him to your flock?
     
  4. chickens really

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    Get rid of him....He will not do well with young pullets....
    Take him to a livestock rescue .....
     
  5. Eric 2016

    Eric 2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My thought was that he's showing off for the ladies. I don't know why he wouldn't do well with them? But you do have to decide if you want him around or not.
     
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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    10 week old pullets are not ready for a Randy Rooster that will try to breed them when they are not yet ready.....Lock him up if you want him and only introduce once your hens start laying...Or get rid of him?
     
  7. Cody Jo

    Cody Jo Just Hatched

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    I have a young cockerel (same age as the other chicks) I plan to keep. He is in the group of youngsters, also. Could I get a couple older hens for 'Lester' (the vagrant), to range with? Perhaps, they would capture his attention away from the other girls? I don't plan on allowing the chicks out to range this summer or fall. He is a beautiful bird and quite adept at keeping the barn free of mice. Catching him, would be near impossible. At night he is 30 feet up in the rafters, and still very flighty at being approached. During the day... forget about it. He allows me the closest, and That's only about 10 feet. Any sudden movements and he is OUT OF THERE! I Don't know the land speed record for chickens, but he may break it.
     
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  8. Cody Jo

    Cody Jo Just Hatched

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    I Don't think it's an territorial issue. In fact he became quite distressed and vocal when my brood was putting up a fuss, as I showed them how to use the ramp leading up from the fenced area below the coop.
     
  9. Cody Jo

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    The outdoor area is covered but there is a 6-8 inch gap between the building and the roof of the run. The coop is another structure inside the building. He can't get in that. I parked my bichon x in the outdoor run with the chicks. He likes the chicks, and has chased Lester off a few times the last two days, for getting too loud or too close. I just can't leave Oscar (dog) out there all day or every day.
     
  10. donrae

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    So you're okay with the rooster hanging out and doing what he's been doing.

    The new birds are secured.

    I guess I don't see that anything needs to be done? He's going to be attracted to other birds, period. Doesn't matter age/breed/gender. Chickens are social, he wants to be with others of his own kind. If all he can do is interact through the fence, he'll take that. The novelty will wear off for him and his behavior will settle down.
     

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