Help! - Killer Rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sarahssizzles, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. sarahssizzles

    sarahssizzles In the Brooder

    Nov 7, 2007
    Cave Creek
    I bought a beautiful blue silkie Rooster just befor Christmas and put him in with my frizzle & silkie hens. Last Thur I came home at lunch to find one of my 2yr old frizzle hens with her scalp split open, her skull & entire back of her neck exposed & him pecking at her. I couldn't save her. At the time figured he'd done it trying to breed her & started reading about trimming beaks. I trimed his back the next day but, today I caught him in the act of pecking the head on another of my 2yr old frizzle hens. He wasn't trying to breed, he was trying to peck her head as hard as he could.

    HELP! I'm afraid to put him back in with them, I don't want to risk loosing any more hens. He was used for breeding before and they said he was "an aggressive breeder" so be sure he had more then just a couple of hens. He has 13, although some of them are younger. He is only attacking the Frizzle hens but, the silkies are all still pullets. The hens he attacked were all the oldest (2 yrs) in the pen ...can chickens be breed prejudice???

    Is there any solution besides get rid of him??????

    Any help would be appreciated!
  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    Get some pecking bits or peepers.
  3. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    Did you just put him in the pen or did you let them see each other with out being able to get to one another first?
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Hmm... wonder if the previous home was rehoming him because he was a problem? Right now he is trying to asert himself as top chicken so that's what the head pecks are for. My roos do that but haven't killed anyone. Granted, they free range.
  5. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    Wow...That's severe!! I wouldn't put him back, but that's my opinion!
  6. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    i'd go with the peepers too, the chicken can't see the other chickens but can see the food.
  7. fivebigreds

    fivebigreds Songster

    Sep 9, 2007
    middle Tennessee
    what is his diet? I would fry some hamburger and give him a table spoon a day for several days and see how he is with them. Causeing that severe a wound sounds to me to be more than agression. If he is a nice rooster then it would be worth a try.
  8. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Your poor hen......what a dreadful exit for her, essentially being beaten to death. So sorry to hear this. You are right to keep him separate until sure this isn't going to happen again.
  9. Oh boy how very sad for the hens.
    I wouldnt hesitate to make him into soup if he tried that at my place.
    I really hope you have a good outcome here.
    2 year old frizzles, wow they were really settled, what a shame, give him a boot for me!
  10. hoosierhen

    hoosierhen Songster

    Sep 26, 2007
    I wouldn't want to pass on that aggressive trait through breeding.
    I also wouldn't rehome him unless he was the ONLY chicken.
    I wouldn't eat him either (black skin and bones-too scary)

    Keep him penned separately (No luxury cell either)- life without parole for Frizzle murder!! Poor hen! How horrible that must have been for her!

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