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Hi! from Massachusetts :-)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kellswan, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. kellswan

    kellswan In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
    Hi I am a fairly new chicken mom, i have a hen and a rooster. i thought i'd start slow with two hens but one turned out to be a rooster. they are about 16 weeks old now. my rooster has suddenly turned into a meanie! we are trying to show him whos boss, hopefully this will work because i don't want to have to give him away as we are already attatched to the little meanie :) someone said we should get more hens for him, would this make a difference? would greatfully accept any advice.
  2. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Songster

    Mar 18, 2010
    South Carolina
    [​IMG] [​IMG] from south carolina/fla. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. I agree with getting more hens. Your lone hen will appreciate it as well. [​IMG]
  4. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I think I'm going through the same thing you are...looks like one of my pullets was a cockrel all this time! [​IMG]
    [​IMG] from Florida
  5. kellswan

    kellswan In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
    thanx for the replys :) can i just add hens? i mean will the they be accepted by the ones i already have? and should they be the same breed? or does it not matter.
  6. happinesshill

    happinesshill In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
    I don't know, I don't think it matters...they will establish a "pecking order" so to speak and it'll all work out. I'd get at least 2 more. Plus, this sounds mean, but it works. If you can get a hold of your rooster and hold him by his legs (he'll be upside down, hanging) let him hang that way for several minutes. Some really hate it and you have to coerce them into the hanging position...some go limp and quiet...but when you turn them right side up, they'll be calmer. I saw my grandma always do this and my dad done it. It works!! My dad had a MEAN turkey that always attacked him. He took him, flipped him upside down and held him by his legs for about 30 min. I don't see how on earth it could hurt them! That turkey NEVER pecked my dad again. What you are doing is showing the rooster or turkey or whatever, who is boss...and it's YOU! You are bigger and stronger. They realize that afterwards and calm down. I do it with my hens if they get feisty and they calm right down.

  7. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
    [​IMG] It doesn't really matter what breed, but you do need to get your roo more hens. Just don't forget to quarantine first! Good Luck!
  8. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    [​IMG] Welcome
  9. kellswan

    kellswan In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
  10. colada584

    colada584 Chirping

    Jul 15, 2010
    Gardiner, NY

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