Hen Pecked Rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cheyen, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a swedish flower rooster that's being housed with twelve hens plus one big marans roo. The roosters get along just fine, however there's an obvious hierarchy, with the swedish being second in command. Lately I've been noticing my marans hen bully and beat on the poor fella. She chases him away from the group when they free range, and makes sure he's the last to eat. Well, just a few minutes ago I caught him sleeping on the front porch! Do you think the poor guy's been hen pecked so bad he's an outcast now? All the other chickens treat him just fine, and the big marans even lets him get away with mating with some of the ladies. I don't understand this hen's behavior. She's only doing to this guy in particular. Can chickens have enemies? Lol.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    She's teaching him manners. She is letting him know she is above him. As he grows and matures, this may change. Is she the favorite of your other rooster?
     
  3. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, my orpington hen is actually his favorite. Will things eventually settle down once he knows his place? I can't keep moving him from the porch at night. [​IMG]
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How old are the chickens?
     
  5. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The girls are almost a year old now, the marans roo is just over six months, and the swedish is a little bit older than him.
     
  6. Is the roo smaller than the hen? Kinda what Happy Chooks said... The hen is teaching him manners, and he mind end up on top when he's older and more mature. :)
     
  7. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is pretty small, I guess. That or my marans hen is just big for her breed, lol. I guess I'll just keep an eye on things for the time being.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, things will settle as he gets accepted. It's so hard when you integrate one bird. When you integrate more than one, the abuse is spread out.
     
  9. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all your advice, guys! So far, he seems to be standing up for himself. The last time the hen tried to chase him away, he cackled loudly and danced at her. He's also sleeping in the coop again, and is even perching next to his former bully. Looks like he'll be okay now. [​IMG]
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Cool. It's funny how they can work things out.
     

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