Attacking rooster

SLM

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 22, 2009
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My brother has 5 hens and a rooster.

Apparently the rooster was 1 of three and the other two were more vicious, as a result are now resting in the freezer.

My sister-in-law's father said you have to have a rooster or the hens will all try and take his place, causing you to have attacking hens.

Is it true? Do you need a rooster?

If so, what would be the best breed to purchase?
 

HorseFeathers

Frazzled
11 Years
Apr 2, 2008
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Southern Maine
No, not at all! It is perfectly normal to have all hens. One becomes the lead hen and in our experience is not as aggressive as a rooster. (Olympia ((our lead hen)) did crow yesterday though. That happens sometimes... their voice adjusts.)
 

Blue_Myst

Songster
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
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I have all hens, and none have the habit of attacking me (except, perhaps, when the room service comes a little later than usual
). As SLM said, one will take over being lead hen and will be a little more 'manly' and tough than the others, but not to the extent of the rooster.

SLM, crowing?! Seriously?! Is it like a rooster crow or like a really loud hen call? I've never heard of that happening before!
 

msgenie516

The Happy Hen
11 Years
May 16, 2008
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Nesconset, LI, NY
Hi,

I have four separate groups of all hens and none have ever attacked me. In one group, though, there is one that is the loudest, largest, and most aggresive. However, even she doesn't cause any problems at all. You just KNOW she is there!
Genie

P.S. Yes, I have heard of crowing hens but have never actually witnessed it!
 

SLM

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 22, 2009
41
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Northern Ontario
I am so happy (as are my hubby and boys) to know that we don't need a rooster.

Are some breeds just way more aggressive?

I haven't seen my brother's chickens so I don't know what breed they are.
 

enola

Crowing
11 Years
Jan 23, 2009
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Irwin, Pennsylvania (Pittsburg area)
I have a hen that crows. I was told getting a rooster would cause her to not be the dominant chicken any more and the crowing would stop.

Right ! She still crows. And by the way, she lays 6 eggs a week as her 'other' hobby.
 

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