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Help! Rooster being aggressive towards hen!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fancy Chiq, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. Fancy Chiq

    Fancy Chiq Out Of The Brooder

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    I had just let my 11 hens (1 swedish flower hen, 1 barred rock, 1 lemon cuckoo orpington, 1 australorp and 5 buff orpingtons) and rooster (lavender orpington) out of their coop to rummage around the yard. Shortly after i let them out the rooster strangly ran after my SFH around the yard, she clucked unhappily until i got in between them.then, I sat down to watch them because it was fairly warm. I saw the rooster, the SFH, and the australorp rummaging through the soft soil under an empty rabbit hutch, but then, the australorp puffed her neck feathers and in response, so did the rooster. He's roughly over a year old and she is going on 3-4 years. They started kicking and trying to bite. At this point, I get concerned for the hen (she's the only hen right now thats laying eggs and is concidered my broody hen, the others are getting there) and try to split them up. She ends up running away from him and he chases her. She attempted to give up and did the submissive squat, but he kept tearing and kicking at her. She even jumped on a perch and he was still trying to get at her. eventually i caught him and separated him from her for about 2-3 hrs. he crowed almost in defiance 15 times or more in succession. Later i let him back out, thinking the squabble would be forgotten and all would be fine. I watched him for 15 minutes before i returned inside. I come out an hour later 'cause i heard the rooster clucking like he had seen one of the rodents that's been lurking under our compost pile and i see my australorp perched on the coop door with a bright red bloodied comb. the rooster and the other hens were 50 feet away in our garden. So i secluded her so she could recuperate and treated her comb. I've never seen him be aggressive before and it worries me, he seemed rageful. If anyone has experienced this before or has had rooster experience please help me with some advice. And could a health issue or bugs cause a change in behavior?
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you need rooster? I don't have any and don't want any of those trouble makers. Not to mention its against the rules in my neighborhood. Sometimes behavior like you mention can be brought about by overcrowding, or being in the coop for too long. This is what I learned from reading other peoples threads. . Keep the injured hen away from the rest until healed. Wounds attract bad behavior from hens as well , as an establishment of pecking order. I hope roo starts behaving,. You may have to relocate him if behavior continues. SORRY
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  3. Fancy Chiq

    Fancy Chiq Out Of The Brooder

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    I have him so i can attempt to hatch out chicks. and he hasn't been aggressive towards the younger hens yet. keeping my eye on them.
     
  4. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're making things much worse by interfering. She's being a bit resistant, and hes trying to get her back in line - this is normal rooster behavior. He's young, the alpha hen isn't respecting him, and hes doing what hes supposed to.

    What isn't normal is a human being getting in the middle of it - and I think that's causing the rooster to escalate.
     
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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    How old is the rooster? If he is a young cockerel just working his way into flock leader position, I agree with CrazyTalk. If he is an established mature rooster, his behavior would be unacceptable to me, and he would end up in the crock pot.
     
  6. Fancy Chiq

    Fancy Chiq Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so if i don't intervene, do i still need to separate her so she can heal?
     
  7. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, separate her while she heals. If things are still rough after a few months, she might never give in. If that is the case, things might just be easier if you can separate her with another resistant hen or two in their own coop.I have a few hens like that, who really hate boys. I am on the fence about doing such housing with them. I will give it a few more weeks...
     

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