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Cockeral. Attacking new Pullets.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mccluckers, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2014
    H there,

    I have just added three new Pullets to the flock who are about 16 weeks old. They have been living side by sides for 1 month and now I have added them to the flock and the rooster charges and pecks them the hens leave them alone and happily sleep next to them on the perch but the rooster just hates them.

    Why is this happening and what can I do about it?
  2. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 19, 2008
    central virginia
    pullets should not be put in with roosters until they are laying and mature enough for breeding
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I'd separate the rooster for a awhile.
    Is he aggressive with the older hens?

    ETA: He's probably just trying to dominate them, that's his job.
    Have you ever integrated chicken before?
    Is he drawing blood or pinning them down and not letting them go?
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2014
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    At 16 weeks they are juvenile / little girls. I would run them off as well if they were competition with my hens that can mother my chicks. GIve them separate roosting arrangements if actual damage caused.
  5. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2014
    Hi guys thank you all for your replies no he is not drawing blood and he is really sweet with my older hens. He just chases them around loads and pecks them really hard if he gets close Enough. so should I Separate him? For how long?

    Hanks again

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