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Brown leghorn won't let the rooster breed her

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Englewood, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Englewood

    Englewood Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a brown leghorn hen that is over a year old that will not let my 7 month old EE rooster breed her. He breeds my other laying hens, but she always runs away or fights with him. We were gone for a couple of days for Thanksgiving and the neighbors were taking care of the chickens. I guess that they did not let them out early enough in the morning because, when we got home, there was blood in the coop and her comb and head were bloody. She seems to be fearful of only the rooster, so I am guessing that he pinned her in a corner to breed her. Now she hides almost all day long in the yard and is not foraging normally. Any suggestions on how to deal with this problem.
     
  2. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    If she continues not to submit and the cockerel continues to attack her, he will end up killing her.

    You need to separate the roo from the flock. She needs to stay with her flock mates and build her confidence back.


    You can try to re-introduce the roo a some point in the future, but you may end up needing a new roo with a new attitude.
     

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