I have the dumbest rooster ever, he isn't going to make it....mating ducks!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by klf73, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I hatched out a sumatra rooster last year from shipped eggs, the only one. Luckily I had an oegb egg in there from my own pen. These birds were inseperable. They would run around the property together and the sumatra would always look out for the oegb. It turns out that the sumatra was a roo and the oegb is a hen. We decided to let him hang out since he didn't cause any problems, was quiet, and that little girl was attached to him, she panicked if he left her sight.

    Fast forward....hormones struck! He started running off leaving the little girl, she then made friends with her sisters that had hatched a few weeks earlier and now spends her time with other "little girls". This stupid sumatra now chases my ducks!!!! He is always trying to mate my runners and cayugas, the boys included. One of my ducks recently suffered an injury and we didn't know what happened. She passed and I was still stumped, until yesterday. I let the ducks and chickens out and he automatically was frantically trying to mate my poor ducks and they tried their hardest to get away from him.

    I feel bad because he is so beautiful, and quiet, but I don't want to suffer any more losses because he is stupid. I am not going to make a pen for him just because it isn't in my budget since I am not pursuing this breed anymore.

    Has anyone ever had a chicken that kept after the ducks like this?!?!?!
     
  2. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    South Central IL

    [​IMG] That is going to be one hard habit to break..maybe you could get one of those wire cages and put he and a hen in there for a wk or so and see if he falls in love with her instead???
     
  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    unfortunately the only "extra" hens on my property are my oegb and he is so rough with the ducks I am afraid he will kill the little girls. Dh is probably just going to cull him. Sad, but I have way too many roos right now and I am not tolerant of bullies or roos that hurt other birds. I don't even have fights with my free range guys, they all just do their own thing...
     
  4. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    South Central IL

    You could just eat him...they are soooo yummy! Why let him be a waste? [​IMG]
     
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    we don't eat our birds (a deal I have with the kids) and I am afraid to put him on craigslist, he would be a great fighter and I don't want that. He isn't very meaty [​IMG]
     
  6. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've been concerned about this as well, although I have no clue what makes a good fighter. I do give away my roos but only if they are gonna end up in a pot or w/ a flock.

    Sorry about yer pretty boy being such a dunce. Don't boys settle down as they get older?
     
  7. Yoke

    Yoke Out Of The Brooder

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    That deal needs to be reconsidered. Do you eat chicken meat from the store? Same same -- only your meat . . . er, I mean rooster, will have more nutrition for your own children. Then there is that circle of life stuff than you need to teach to your children.
     

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