Can a Rooster turn crazy?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PinkFlamingoFrm, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. PinkFlamingoFrm

    PinkFlamingoFrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had some chickens in my backyard in a coop, 2 roosters & 5 hens. We had a bear attack a few weeks ago & only 3 survived. When the bear attacked, we moved our backyard chickens out to the farm with our other chickens, because it was safer there. They had no problem integrating into the flock that they were placed in, and all of the chickens already there were significantly younger than they were & much smaller in size. My fiance and I split the barn work up and he handles half the pens, I handle the other half. Every day, he came out of the pens with blood running down his leg or arm and said it was the rooster pecking him. I never believed him because I can go in the pen and the rooster doesnt bother me at all. One day I saw him peck him & we decided to move him into one of the pens that I handle, because the rooster doesnt attack me like he does him. The pen we moved him into had a polish rooster and some hens and a few ducks, and 2 turkeys. I watched them for a while, and the rooster was pecking a ducks face, but didnt seem to really be fighting, and once I felt comfortable with them being together, we left the barn. I came the next day and found a dead duck, torn to pieces. This was a female duck. I wasnt 100% sure that it was the rooster, because they didnt seem to be fighting at all. The next day I found my polish rooster dead, there were no other changes other than that rooster getting moved in there, and when I find the dead ones they are pretty bloody & torn up, so it cant be a health issue. We moved the rooster into his own pen and he is gonna be dinner tomorrow.(something I said I'd never do, but I feel like I have no other choice, I cant let any kids get attacked by this crazy rooster) But I dont understand at all, before the bear attack, this rooster was held daily by a 3 & 4 year old and never pecked, attacked, or did anything to hurt them. He was also around other animals. Can a bear attack turn a rooster crazy?
     
  2. rottnwarrior

    rottnwarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like he learned to be defensive. I know a rooster like that. Great to have around when free ranging. The one I know would proudly die before allowing anything to hurt his girls. But what a pain he is to get near.
     
  3. PinkFlamingoFrm

    PinkFlamingoFrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, it wouldnt be such a problem if there weren't kids everywhere on the farm. I cant take the chance with it, especially with him being pretty close to face level with them. Its so weird that I can pick him up with no problem, it seems like its men he hates. But he killed a female duck too.. its weird.
     
  4. rottnwarrior

    rottnwarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, no small children are allowed near this rooster. If that's not an option it's probably time to either rehome or make chicken and biscuits. That's a shame, sorry to hear about all the hassle.
     
  5. PinkFlamingoFrm

    PinkFlamingoFrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, there's no way I could say for sure that kids wouldn't be around him. I had tried to rehome him multiple times since getting him, but no one wanted him, then I felt so bad after the bear attack i was gonna keep him. He was a "packing peanut" back when I got chicks. A year ago I would have tried harder to find him a new home, but after being on the farm so long & petting a cow one day & finding out she's on my plate the next, I'm kinda getting used to the idea. Plus, I know where the meat came from. Not like the crap in the grocery store lol.
     
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  6. rottnwarrior

    rottnwarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got curious, how did things turn out for this bird? My roo got a little snotty himself a week or so ago and rather than eat him I decided to try something. It worked great!! Then I remembered this post.
     
  7. PinkFlamingoFrm

    PinkFlamingoFrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We ate him. I couldnt take the chance with the kids at the farm. He made some good chicken rivel soup though.
     

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