Is this normal Rooster behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rowdy5150, May 27, 2010.

  1. Rowdy5150

    Rowdy5150 Out Of The Brooder

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    So my roo is 12 weeks, and so are his 6 girlfriends. I just noticed he is being more aggressive towards them like pecking them on thier head/neck area for what appears to be no reason, just when they are out in their run. The girls will squak and run away from him when he does this. No blood yet. Seems like it is happening more frequently. Prior to this he would just run up to them and stick out his neck feathers at them, which was harmless. Now i am more concerned. Is this just a way of him showing them who's boss?
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    He's just starting to get to that "sneak attack mating--OMG I AM A TOTAL HORNDOG" phase.

    Keep an eye out, he should calm down, but just correct any overly-agressive behavior if you can.
     
  3. Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex

    Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Almost all of mine did that same thing. No worries! Even the one who (accidentally?) took a bite out of my BR's comb mellowed out (with the chickens, anyway) eventually.
    Before too long he'll figure it out and they will probably put up with it grudgingly and then go on with their business.
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:This is just his way of telling them who's gonna want "some," soon. "Submit, my little feathered floozie - you are mine!" He'll start mounting them before too long.

    Perfectly normal - BUT keep an eye on it, you don't want him being unduly rough with his girlfriends.
     
  5. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    excellent use of alliteration.

    ETA: hmm..."Feathered Floozie" as my new title?
     
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  6. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah, it's normal.... shouldn't be a problem until you end up with more chicks! [​IMG]
     
  7. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Completely normal! My rooster is a year old and is still doing that! Guess he is just a big kid! But yeah, like gryeyes said he will mount them befrore to long... just make sure that he doesn't get too rough and pull feathers out when he does.
     
  8. Rowdy5150

    Rowdy5150 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, good to know this is normal! I feel better now.
     
  9. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They get so crazy at that age, I wish they'd just go lock themselves in the bathroom with a magazine.
     
  10. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's normal if he is only 12 weeks old. It's not if this behaviour keep up when he is old (1 year and more). I had one who were vicious with some of the hens, only.He hated the "colloncas".(without tail hens). He is not longer with me, anymore.
     

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