Hen picking on rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SillyRooster, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. SillyRooster

    SillyRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of our young sex links, Cinnamon, is biting our rooster Luke on his beak, comb and wattle. She's relentless. It's like she's hen pecking him! He's starting to look rough.

    This is new behavior that we can tell. It might be in reaction to the four new hens we just added to his flock. I'll try to catch a picture.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Hens will often face groom the rooster, sounds like she's doing it aggressively. If it started when you add new ones it's possible that's what triggered it, otherwise this time of year hormones are raging and birds are feeling a bit more feisty. I personally have had problems with sex links, I think the amount of eggs they lay causes unhealthy balances and they can quickly turn to pecking, and egg and feather eating. Make sure you are feeding enough protein, 18-20 %.
     

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