Advice needed about cockerel please

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by valwoire, May 13, 2016.

  1. valwoire

    valwoire New Egg

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    Hi all. I'm after some advice please. I have a cockerel who hatched in August last year. Until recently, he's lived harmoniously with two hens hatched with him, 2 a year older and the 2 old ladies who are about 4. A few weeks ago, one of the old girls started taking herself to bed by herself in the 'emergency' coop we have, then we noticed her running away from the cockerel whenever he came near her. She's still been going round the garden with the other girls, just been trying to keep away from him. Today, we've noticed she's got some wounds on the back of her neck - some of them look quite nasty. She's fine in herself, eating and scratching about and has laid today. We're assuming the wounds are from the cockerel as none of the others seem to be bothering with her. We've been trying to rehome him for a while now and, typically, someone has now been in touch to say he'll take him. I'm now worried that he's turning aggressive (there's been no sign of aggression towards anyone other than this one hen) and don't want to pass on a problem bird to anyone. What I really want to know is - is aggression towards just one hen normal? Is it likely to stop or just get worse? Is there anything we can do to help the situation? Or should we be considering dispatching him now? Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    He's attempting to mate and the hens are having none of it. Typically older hens put a young cockerel in it's place and teach it manners. Your lone older hen I'd think is smaller than him or simply not assertive enough to fend him off but still not yielding to his advances.

    When cockerels are large enough and still inexperienced neck feathers are pulled out as they attempt to make the girl submit and aid in holding on to a fighting female. Once the girls accept him and yield there is no feather loss. They squat and submit making all the rough holds unnecessary.
     
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