Aggressive Rooster needs more hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wonderling, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Wonderling

    Wonderling Chirping

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    My big rooster got pretty protective once he got his hens but he's getting even more so lately. He only has 2 hens, would getting more hens for him help? I figured maybe he's being overprotective since he only has the 2 and if he had more he'd mellow out a bit. I was thinking I might just get a mixed batch of pullets from the hatchery and introduce them to his flock once they're big enough. Maybe 4-6 more? How many hens per a rooster seems best?

    Right now he stalks me across a half acre just to try and get me, even leaving his hens way the heck over there. He's not actually good at attacking, just bites onto pants and tries to flap you to death but it's still alarming since he always tries to sneak attack you and he's pretty big. Other than the aggressive part he takes good care of his hens and he's super handsome so I'd rather keep him around if he can mellow back out again.

    I do have another polish rooster but they never meet directly, always a fence between them. The other coop has 3 bantam hens.
     
  2. emmalemons

    emmalemons Chirping

    Personally, I have 7 chickens with one rooster. He is aggressive but only when I approach him and his chickens IF I let them outside to free range for the afternoon. Other than that he is calm. My suggestion is to get more chickens 6 would be fine. Also to remember the climate you live in. For me, it has been warming up so it’s that one of season again if you know what I mean, and not to worry to much. That’s all I can really suggest mabye someone else knows more.
     
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  3. Wonderling

    Wonderling Chirping

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    I have been letting them free range on and off, but he's not happy about me approaching the coop when they're in there either. There has been a heat wave over the last week or so, that might have played a part, I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the suggestions.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    How old is he?
    How long have you had him?
    Has he always been aggressive?
    Sounds like soup to me, I would not put up with that behavior.
    The number of hens he has means nothing.
     
  5. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    I agree with this.
    I have a breeding pair, trio and quad, and none of the cocks are ill tempered or seem unsatisfied.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I wouldn't keep him..His attacks will probably get more aggressive. I'd be concerned about kids being attacked. Lots of well behaved Cockerel/Roosters in need of a great home.
     
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    There is a difference between “protective” and human aggressive. In my opinion, a good protective rooster keeps an eye out for real threats and sounds an alarm when a threat is perceived. A good, protective rooster is smart enough to know the difference between a predator and The Bringer of Food.

    When he’s attacking you, your rooster is not doing his job. You can get him as many more hens as you want, but it’s unlikely that it will change his behavior.
     
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  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    No, not with your issue.
     
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  9. Wonderling

    Wonderling Chirping

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    He's a rogue that showed up after I got my polish rooster. We named him Dundee since he showed up on a walkabout. I tried to find where he came from but no one claimed him so I kept him since she was rather shy and very handsome. I'm realizing now that I need to see about replacing him soon since I avoid going out in the yard when I have them out just because of him.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Someone probably dumped him because of his behavior.
     
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