Cranky Rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jimmer17, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. jimmer17

    jimmer17 New Egg

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    I have 2 roosters who have always got along pretty well. Lately "Rocky" has become quite aggressive towards the other one "Rambo". Rocky chases Rambo constantly and pecks him. Won't even allow him out in the yard. Rambo is always hiding. Will they get over this or do I have to get rid of one of them?
     
  2. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    Couple questions.

    What breed are they?

    How old are they?

    Are there other chickens (mainly hens) around?
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'd get rid of one.
     
  4. jimmer17

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    They are 5 months old and yes there are hens around
     
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    and they are both Barred Rock roosters
     
  6. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    I would rehome one. Hens around will cause them to be aggressive towards one another and that's due to hormones and hens being around. Barred rocks are generally a medium aggressive breed.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    The size of your coop and run plays into the Rooster fighting...also how many Hens to Rooster.....
    Pick your favourite and get rid of one....

    Cheers!
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Are the 'hens' the same age as the cockerels?
    Young cockerels are rowdy....and reach sexual maturity before pullets
    Multiple males create an environment of competition so they behave even more aggressively towards one another and toward any females.

    FYI they are called pullets and cockerels before one year of age, hens and cocks(or cockbirds or roosters) after one year of age.
     
  9. jimmer17

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    Yes, I have one of them on line to try to rehome him. Thanks for your help.
     
  10. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Thats good....Best of luck with the other one you chose....

    Cheers!
     

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