Broody hen and mean rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kaitie09, May 10, 2011.

  1. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put this in another forum, but I think it will fit better here.

    Okay, two questions in one. We have had a broody for about a week and are thinking about getting two polish chicks for her. Our coop does not have a brooder but we want to keep them in the coop from the start. How long can they stay in the nesting box or will they fall out (18" off the ground") also, if anyone have pictures of where they keep them could you post them?

    I went out this morning and picked up the broody hen so she could get some food and water, the rooster came up and jumped at her while she was in my hands. I put her on a roost and turned around and now hes coming at me. He got me once in the leg with his beak, so I turned around and went closer to the door. He then came after me a second time, and I pushed/threw his across the coop (12 ft). He just stood there for a minute and so I went and walked straight up to him, he looked at me and walked out the pop door into the run. After that he did not come back in until I left the coop. This is the first time he ever showed any sign of aggression (he is 4 yrs old and the only rooster) and I think it was because I was holding the broody in the first place. Do you think he will do this again the next time I walk in there?
     
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  2. NurseELB

    NurseELB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If he does, I'm sure you'll give him another 'lesson' and that'll be the last. Just come prepared next time~ heavy jeans and sturdy boots! [​IMG]
    Good Luck!
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  3. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
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    My roo is not showing any signs of being mean with me but he is being cruel to the broody. He does not seem to want to breed her he just chases her away. This makes it hard for her to get to food and water so I have been keeping some out on in the nest area. Go figure! No clue why he is mad at her.
     
  4. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is how ours is. This is the only hen that ever goes broody and we always knew he was mean with her. As soon as she snaps out of it he goes right back to being nice to her. This is just the first time he has ever gone after a person. I'm sure he went after me because I had been holding her. I was not really paying attention and did not see he came into the coop before I grabbed her. He is overall a very sweet rooster, he only gets worked up if we pick up one of his girls and she makes a fuss. Then he starts to puff up, but he has never attacked a person. I'm just hoping I showed him who's boss, which I think I did because he was the one who left the coop.
     

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