Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by botanicalbliss, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. botanicalbliss

    botanicalbliss In the Brooder

    Apr 26, 2017
    I have a cockeral that I was told was a pullet when I bought it. It is a bantam Cochin Silkie mix. He is beautiful and has not been agressive towards people. He's also not been overly agressive towards my 6 hens. But one of my hens, also a silkie Cochin mix, had a smallish bleeding wound on her head and he had blood under his chin. I separated her for a full day. Cleaned her up. Wound basically healed. Later released her back to the flock and he immediately sought her out. I think he's just starting to want to mate. He only seems interested in her. I separated him out over night. Now I have no idea what to do. I didn't intend to keep a rooster. He's absolutely stunning and I feel a responsibility towards any animal I take in my care so I'm reluctant to just get rid of him but dont want to stress about my hens being hurt or unhappy. Any advice would be very helpful.
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How old are these birds?
    The one female may be close to laying?
    Separate the cockerel if he's over stressing the females.
  3. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

    Sep 25, 2015
    You may have to seperate him and let him learn through a cage how to court the hens,also cockerels and roosters usually pick out certain hens to breed and harass.
  4. morganalefae

    morganalefae Head nut at the nut house

    May 2, 2017
    Leicestershire UK
    I have a big 7-9 month old brahma male and he likes one of my smaller hybrid girls so much so I have had to remove her so her feathers near her butt can grow back. He's not happy at all with me and I swere he growled at me for doing it lol. if he is going after even one to much put him in his own run next to them so he can be near but not get to them cuz thats what I have my husband doing right now in the snow storm that is hitting us in the UK lol.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    You can try separating them until he matures. (Taking him away from the flock.) It may help, but cockerels/roosters breed hens. It's just the way it is.
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  6. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    How about a pic of this stunning boy?
  7. Swastik Choudhari

    Swastik Choudhari Songster

    Feb 23, 2018
    According to me its ohk for him to pic his own favorite girl. its just nature of them. if its a lot then seperate him for a little time.
  8. RWise

    RWise Songster

    Dec 25, 2012
    Oakhurst Oklahoma
    I also separate any cockerel I intend to keep (and eat the rest). Any kept are in their own pad/run and the girls can go visit, the rooster and cock can box through the fence,,,

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