Cockerel is becoming mean...

Adge1028

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I've had a silkie pullet and what I think is a RIR cockerel together since they were 2 and 5 weeks, now for about two weeks the cockerel is biting me and now really rough on my silkie pullet.
Do I need to get rid of him? They are house chickenss with a co-op inside and I let them roam around when I'm home. I don't want him to hurt her but he seems to chase after her a lot! Please give me advice!? Thank y'all!!!
 

Jetblack2004

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If he's attacking you, that's a problem. Try taking a stick in with you and shoving him away in whenever he starts to seem aggresive. It might help to put him in his place-- it worked with on of our cockerels.

Is it just one pullet with the RIR cockerel? He could be over-mating her and she might just want to get away (hence him chasing her).

This all depends on the age, of course. How old are they?
 

The Moonshiner

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If he's attacking you, that's a problem. Try taking a stick in with you and shoving him away in whenever he starts to seem aggresive. It might help to put him in his place-- it worked with on of our cockerels.

Is it just one pullet with the RIR cockerel? He could be over-mating her and she might just want to get away (hence him chasing her).

This all depends on the age, of course. How old are they?
OP stated these are house chickens. Is chasing a cockerel around with a stick inside the home a real solution?
I don't see any long term solution or any long term happiness for the OP or a single silkie pullet to deal with this cockerel in this situation.
Rehome him and replace with another pullet imo is the best option.
 

Jetblack2004

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OP stated these are house chickens. Is chasing a cockerel around with a stick inside the home a real solution?
I don't see any long term solution or any long term happiness for the OP or a single silkie pullet to deal with this cockerel in this situation.
Rehome him and replace with another pullet imo is the best option.
I was stating what has worked for me previously, and it may work with this cockerel, too =)
 

The Moonshiner

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It may work but more likely not to.
And if it did work then what?
They'll soon have a large rooster in their house with a small timid breed hen. Sounds like an unhappy situation for her.
Wouldn't you think replacing him with another more suitable pullet would be a much better solution?
 

Adge1028

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Thank y'all, my plan was to have two silkie hens, but he turned out to be a mixed breed and a cockerel. He has been very tame and sweet up until I guess getting his hormones. My silkie is attached to him, will she go into depression if I separate them?
 

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Thank y'all, my plan was to have two silkie hens, but he turned out to be a mixed breed and a cockerel. He has been very tame and sweet up until I guess getting his hormones. My silkie is attached to him, will she go into depression if I separate them?
She isn't attached to him. Chickens don't like to be alone so she sticks with him because he's the only other chicken around. Get rid of him and get her another silkie or bantam Cochin pullet for company instead. She will be far from depressed at the change.
 

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