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Bully Roo....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by zowieyellowflame, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I have a rooster who, in the morning when the lights comes on, attacks the hens, so he can do his thing. It seems too aggressive and this happens in the 8 x 8 coop where a total of 18 birds live. I am scared a little one will be in the way of the running, it is complete chaos.... feathers are flying, food is flying, hens are landing in the water, everyone is screaming..... I am thinking of making him into stew because of this reason and also because there are 5 pullets in there that he fathered who are not yet breeding or laying but will be soon.... There is also a good chance he is closely related to the 8 older hens.... they all came from the same place.
    I have a pen of roosters that will soon be in the freezer, 2 of which are pure barred rocks. My husband wants to get rid of our current roo who is 3 times the size of the hens and keep a barred rock rooster instead. But he will be the brother to 3 pullets. Maybe though, this will make for a more comfortable, calm winter for the hens?
    I like how my current roo is a good protector.... big spurs, not really afraid of anything, but I am scared he will hurt one of my girls.
    Things sure changed since I got him in the Spring..... the hens sprawled out in front of him and he didn't even know what to do!
    Any thoughts?
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I would not make the hens put up with him. Find them a nice Roo who cares for them and treats them well.

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