Can roosters kill each other even with no spurs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mama2B&D&...Chickens, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Mama2B&D&...Chickens

    Mama2B&D&...Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three boys out in our flock that are brothers from same hatch...obviously doesn't matter though bc I came home today and my favorite was on is dying leg :(...It definetly looked like he was battered and beaten instead of anything else getting him...my other roo acted tired like he just fought and I even saw him once go over and try and jump on him again :/ but I quickly yelled and he got off and walked off...my question is...is this Normal? Could he definetly do it with no spurs?
     
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they can and do kill without using spurs.
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I think impacts from wings and bill cause more damage than spurs. Note swelling of heads and neck on combatants. Under normal conditions, spurs are more of a scratching rather than impaling weapon. Occasionally spurs are involved in damage to eyes.
     
  5. Mama2B&D&...Chickens

    Mama2B&D&...Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, :( I pretty much thought that but I guess I didn't want to believe that brothers kill each other...lol, poor guy...I can't believe people fight them for fun, I didn't even see the fight but he looked so badly beaten it was aweful...now to rehouse the other cause I'm afraid he will fight again
     
  6. chinzilla

    chinzilla Out Of The Brooder

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    YIKES! [​IMG]

    I hope your favorite gets better!

    I'm fearing the rooster fighting as well - how old are they, if you don't mind me asking? We have two roosters and so far so good but I'm worried they are going to start fighting. [​IMG]
     
  7. blueeyeddemon

    blueeyeddemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck re-homing him :) I hope your other roo gets better!!!
     
  8. Mama2B&D&...Chickens

    Mama2B&D&...Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had to put him down :( he was too far beaten...head trauma and his leg or hip was injured where he couldnt stand, it was bad :/ Poor guy...

    They Are six, almost seven months old....one coronation Sussex mix with EE, the one gone...and one mixed with austrolorp
     
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I am not used to birds dying from fighting so long after event. Are you certain fighting was primary problem? Could a bird have been sick before fighting started or possibly been mauled my something?
     
  10. OnewChook

    OnewChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's the sad reality! Most Cocks and Roo's will fight to THE DEATH over one hen. Mother nature taking her toll! I would split them during the day or have the injured one in the Coop while the others are out.
     

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