Hen pecking or eating alive roosters!...Why

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lady and her girls, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. lady and her girls

    lady and her girls In the Brooder

    Oct 19, 2009
    I bought eggs from a lady that had her hens kill the rooster this past summer and from what I gathered there may have been two killed. Why would hens do this?[​IMG]

  2. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Only thing I can think of is that the hens might have been a lot older and the roos just adolescents?
  3. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Shawnee, OKlahoma
    If you have older more aggressive hens and a roo that doesnt take charge they will fight with him. The only other thing I can think of is vitamin or mineral deficiency. I had some young buff orpingtons that would kill one older chick a day, but if I fed them a package of hotdogs or some other meat a day then nobody got eaten.

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