Aggressive rooster or normal teenage behavior? (Please move to here)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The Zoo, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three hens and a rooster. Two of the hens are a year and half and the other hen and roo are 7 months old. He was unintentional.

    Up until yesterday/today they have all pretty much gotten along with the 2 older hens being dominant. Yesterday the roo challenged the older hen and chased her around the run but didn't hurt her. I thought it was him making his place in the flock.

    This morning there was a squabble where I broke it up because I was worried he was going to hurt one of my hens (she had her head through the coop and he was trying to mount her and it was violent looking). Then everything was fine for several hours.

    Just now I heard even louder squabbling and I ran outside to find him chasing her around before he pinned her in the corner of the coop. The guy who is building our deck said it looked like he was trying to kill her.
    I was worried because her comb was pale and she was freaking out. I whacked him off of her and picked her up and took her in the house to clean her up. He'd ripped out feathers on the back of her head and bloodied her comb to the point it looked like she has a bloody nose.

    Is this normal teenage rooster making himself dominant or are these signs of an aggressive rooster? He has never come after a human/dog/cat etc. He mates the younger hen but has never mated an older one. Though he has tried in the past they have always chased him off.

    I would appreciate people not just telling me to put him in freezer camp or make soup out of him - I'm a vegetarian and he is a pet. But if he's going to hurt my hens and this is out of the ordinary, I'm willing to get rid of him.
     
  2. birdsofthefarm

    birdsofthefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is just getting used to mating. He will get better, and the hens will start accepting him.
     
  3. trilyn

    trilyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
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    Birdsofthefarm is right-when my roo (5 mos) started mating his girls, omg! I thought it was so brutal-I told my husband I couldn't stand watching him rape the girls! He is now 6.5 mos and is much better at it. It doesn't take long for them to get the swing of things and it will be much easier on you!! [​IMG]
     
  4. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good because it SUCKS watching it. It literally looked like he was trying to kill her.

    I have the one he was after currently in the loo where she will stay overnight at least. The other one is up on one of the branches I have in the pen avoiding the roo. She did come down for treats though.

    How the tide turns - they used to chase the younger ones around.
     
  5. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I do not let my roos treat my hens that way.


    If the roos are agressive with them - for whatever reason - I will chase the roo around (you do not have to RUN - just walk with purpose towards the snot). Mounts a hen and she complains - I take him off of her. Not letting the girls eat first - I keep him to the outside of the gathering.


    You can teach him manners - things an older roo would teach.
     
  6. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did run outside when I hear the squawking and whacked him off her (they were under the coop). I guess I'm Mama Hen till he shapes up. I can't have him hurting my girls the way he hurt Over.
     
  7. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    A good way to help make yourself first roo in his eyes is to take them their favorite treat. Bend down and draw the girls close, can even put the treats in your lap, but do not let him have any. When he come forward make direct eye contact with him, straighten up just a bit -- if he does not back off/change course -- brush him out of the pile with your hand and scowl at him. Repeat. Soon you will just make eye contact with him and he should change course (pretending he is not interested in you - he always will be though).

    Make sure you always know where he is, you don't have to pay direct attention, just treat him like a brat child you must always keep an eye on.

    Once he is out of his teen time, he should be better. I have 5 roos. One is 18 months, four are 6 months old and I love them all.
     
  8. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok - I just looked at her more closely - she has a huge gash on the back of her neck. It's not dripping blood but very definitely bloody. Is this normal? Hard to know if he did it or it happened when she was sticking her head out of the pen to try and get away. It's about an inch long. Poor baby!
     
  9. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Poor girl. Not normal that he should hurt her - but he is young and rough - could also be the fence like you said too.
     
  10. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very rough - I could make a chicken S&M video.
    But when he's not trying to get jiggy with it - they all get along fine.
    Too bad the hens suffer for his hormones.
    You guys have talked me off the ledge - thanks.
     

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