Hens attacking rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicklife1, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. chicklife1

    chicklife1 Just Hatched

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    Alright so I need some advice! One small hen that I know of, maybe more have been bullying one of the roosters, he is bigger than they are but the hen(s) are pecking him and being very aggressive towards him. Now he is limping around and secluding himself... I've never seen him peck at our hens or be aggressive. Anyone have any ideas on what could be causing this? He is not new to the flock. Any advice welcome. Thanks!
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like a younger rooster with some older ladies?? If so I would separate until he gets some more size and understands he has to be the Boss.
     
  3. chicklife1

    chicklife1 Just Hatched

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    He is only a couple weeks younger than them and about double the hens size. Haven't had a problem this whole time until now :( we have two other roosters in the same pen that don't give him any trouble so I'm confused as to why a hen has found an issue with him... and just now as they have been together since they were really little
     
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  4. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Is he /them young---5, 6, 7 months old? Being honest I would remove him if they are picking on him----I have had that to happen, then I put him back with them in a few weeks and his attitude had changed---he would not allow them to pick on him. I do not know your set-up but I have many pens and cages---I use the bigger dog crates people use in their home to house a single chicken in.
     
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  5. chicklife1

    chicklife1 Just Hatched

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    Yea they are all between 6-7 months. We put him in a dog crate today when we noticed him limping, didn't want him getting hurt worse. Was going to keep him seperated till he heals
     

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