horrible cockerel

Johnn

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I have a cockerel and 8 hens he is nice to all of them except for 2 my ancona bantam and large fowl light sussex, when all the hens are feeding he sneeks up on them and jumps at them and they squak and run away and try to stay away from him. Is there anything i can do to stop this?
 

johnwinters

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Are you sure he isn't trying to mate with them? This could account for him jumping on them.
 

chaseB2

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Sep 2, 2011
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i have never heard of this, it sounds to me like your rooster is just a jerk lol. mine have always been friendly to everything female its the males that they dislike and the hens ofthen will pick on the less dominate females but ive never had a male pick on females
 

Johnn

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he isnt trying to mate them because you can see him jumping as in hes fighting.
 

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country boy
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how attached to this roo are you? if you aren't very attached I would send him to freezer camp. but it improbably just matting behavior.
 
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Johnn

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i am very attached to him because i got him from a place were he was bullied alot by other cockerels, but i dont see why he only picks on them 2 but they are the newest ones if that makes a difference?
 

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country boy
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Quote:That matters a lot it will take them awhile to submit to him and he's getting frustrated and trying to jump the gun. give it time I think it will work its self out as soon as the hens and roo get used to each other.
 

Chickapooh23

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I don't know if he is a cockerel, he is probably trying to assert his dominance as well as mate them but he is just stupid. You might separate him until he grows up a little but to be honest, I have had hen not like a certain roo and they never gave in to him and that was that. How old is he, they should have it worked out by 24-26 wks in my experience. Chickens mating isn't flowers and music, it is a little rough if the girls aren't into it. Mine always had this little dance once they figured it out, is he doing anything like that?
 

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