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Intrusive rooster!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Corona Ranch, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. Corona Ranch

    Corona Ranch Just Hatched

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    I really need advice on this!

    I live on half an acre and I have a neighbor that allows their rooster and hens to roam around the neighborhood, that includes my back yard [​IMG]. I have one hen and 9 six-week-old chicks and one of my chicks looks like it may be a cockerel. I always come home to find that rooster in my yard with my hen and he has successfully mated with her before (we have one chick as proof) and has even gotten her to follow him out of our yard (I don't want her to be road kill!). I'm afraid that the rooster will try to kill my little cockerel since the rooster seems to have claimed my hen and back yard. Also, I have 2 dogs and they don't bother my chickens, HOWEVER the dogs have attempted to attack the rooster and his ladies that come into the yard whenever they're stupid enough to come over when I have the dogs out. One of the dogs has already killed a rooster that came into our yard from the same neighbors, and the other dog has attacked the current rooster TWICE. Most recent attack was this morning. I thought that the first attack would keep the rooster away but apparently not. If this continues I'm sure that I will be finding a dead rooster in my yard pretty soon. My neighbor doesn't seem to care about the welfare of their chickens since they lay their eggs all over the place and I have found dead chickens on the side of the road before. What can I do??? Please help!
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Part of me wants to say, "let the dogs do their job - if the neighbors don't care about their birds, why worry about it?" But that would be cruel to the chicken. If you're opposed to eating him, though, you may need to pen your chickens up or build a fence of some sort around your property.
     
  3. JanetMarie

    JanetMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your dogs are doing their job in protecting your flock. Your neighbor is the one who is cruel to let their chickens roam everywhere, knowing some are getting killed. I would continue to let your good dogs do their job.
     
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  4. Corona Ranch

    Corona Ranch Just Hatched

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    My yard is all fenced and, before this rooster, my hen (hens when I used to have more) never left the yard. I am sooooo tempted to let my dogs finish him off but that just sounds so bad :(. I've come home to a rooster---neighbor's rooster-- in pieces before and that was NOT a fun clean-up. You think protecting my cockerel until he's mature will help keep the rooster away?
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    No, if that rooster is already territorial about your yard, it's likely there will be fights when your cockerel reaches maturity. How is he getting into your fenced yard?
     
  6. Corona Ranch

    Corona Ranch Just Hatched

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    He's jumping the fence. My front yard has a 4 ft fence and rest has a 6 foot fence. He jumps over both.
     
  7. lazy gardener

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    Do you think you could catch him? If so, you might consider clipping his wings VERY short. Not enough to draw blood, but give him a good clipping. I have a feeling that his girls would not venture over your fence if he is not able to do so. You could also add some extension posts as Island girl has done to make your fence higher and not give him place to land. Perhaps string it with fishing line, or use bird netting.
     
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  9. Corona Ranch

    Corona Ranch Just Hatched

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    Thanks Lazy Gardener! I didn't think about catching him. He's gotten a little slow since the last attack, so I should be able to catch him if I ever see him come back. Perhaps presenting him to the neighbor with shorter wing feathers will get my neighbor to keep the rooster in check. If not, then I think just allowing my dogs to take care of the rooster instead of intervening, like I have been, will be my only option. I shouldn't have to care for someone else's animals and have to be careful about letting my dogs out in my own backyard.
     
  10. Corona Ranch

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    We have spoken to them and the neighbors behind them have complained. They don't know that my dog attacked the rooster. They thought it was fox (we have foxes in the area).
     

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