Having Big Rooster Problems...help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FrankieMcElfresh, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. FrankieMcElfresh

    FrankieMcElfresh Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2011
    Alright so my rooster or what i call him the big jerk, has been...raping my hens...i mean hes not mating with them hes pecking them and holding them down to the point they have a hard time moving, i have 3 hens that are currently laying hes not even bothering with them hes just attacking my young hens that are about a month or so younger (NOT READY TO LAY) and ive gone as far as taking hens out of there so they cant be killed...what do i do?
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Get rid of the rooster.
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Sounds like he seriously needs a time out, as in separated from the girls. Don't pull them out, pull him out. There's an opening at Camp Kenmore.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2011
  4. wrestling_mom

    wrestling_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2011
    Henderson County, NC
    Quote:[​IMG] It took me a second, lol, but I got it.
  5. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    west virginia
    I agree! Lock him up or break his neck, do you really need a rooster, or peace and quiet, your choice..
  6. branston

    branston Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Can't you keep the youngsters seperate until they are big enough to fight back? I have 9 that are 3 months younger than the main flock and we still have them seperate from the others. Might let them out this weekend as they are 3 months old now and look like they can handle themselves
  7. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    Quote:Good Idea, Branston. [​IMG] Keep him away till they can fight back!
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Remove the rooster until the pullets mature. What is your total number of pullets/hens?
  9. augustwest

    augustwest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2010
    North central mass
    I had a rooster that was doing that to my polish pullet. She would hide her head in a corner and just let him be brutal to her. He'd stand on her back when she was stuck in a corner if he couldn't get at her. I try not to humanize my chickens, but it was so sad to see! It really upset the kids, too. We found the polish stuck half way under a bale of straw the other day- she couldn't get out on her own. That was the last straw.

    My other roo was able to mate with the hens without any drama like that. Kids didn't mind and it seemed totally normal.

    We got rid of the mean roo.......
  10. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Is the roo the same age as the laying hens or the youngsters? Either way, I'd keep him with the layers and move the youngsters out as they're obviously not capable of fending for themselves yet. Either that or get rid of your roo, although that doesn't guarantee that the older hens won't rough up the younger ones once he's gone (if they haven't already).

    I'd wait until all of the birds were of comparable size before combining.

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