Looks like a roo, acts like a hen.

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  1. littlepip

    littlepip Songster

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    I have a hen that I purchased from tractor supply in the early spring. Well we thought she was a SHE, but as her feathers came in, we noticed she was a HE. He seems to act like a hen though, loves to cuddle, and sit in the corner with his pals. Is this normal? he seems to be having an identity crisis. :gig
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    he doesn't "strut" like my other rooster either. :confused:
    Anyone else have this odd experience?
     
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  2. slordaz

    slordaz Crowing

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    he's probably acting like that as he's not dominant and is making himself not appear as a threat with more roosters in the flock to avoid getting the crap beat out of himself, will be a good helper when older to the flock if you choose to keep him. They do tend to if they get their own hens separate from the other guys do just fine
     
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  3. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Cockerels are frequently very social. When his hormones hit, he may turn into your worst nightmare. I would read up on rooster behavior. There are a few good articles and some not so good ones in the learning center. I've posted links to the ones I consider worth reading.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/understanding-your-rooster.75056/

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/the-naturally-good-rooster.74983/

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/a-viewpoint-on-keeping-roosters.74690/
     
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  4. EggWalrus

    EggWalrus Crowing

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    "He may be 'sweet'.
    Not that there's anything wrong with that."
    Jerry Seinfeld
    :gig:lau
     
  5. littlepip

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    He is really close with my other roo as well, and they'll yell for each other when apart. He'll even chase the roo around, but they've never in any way tried to hurt each other.
     
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  6. Justso

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    Yes, remember- he's very young! He will be a different bird next spring.
     
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  7. littlepip

    littlepip Songster

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    EXACTLY. :D
     
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  8. littlepip

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    Are all roos aggressive, or are there some chill roos out there?
     
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  9. EggWalrus

    EggWalrus Crowing

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    Yep!
    Once his nuts drop, you may or may not have a monster in your hands!
     
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  10. BantyChooks

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    He's quite young yet, so yes, that behaviour is normal for his age. His behaviour will change significantly over the next few months.

    The only rooster I ever had that could probably be quantified as non aggressive, to humans or to other roosters, had a probable heart problem and wans't very active.
    I believe roosters are naturally wired to be aggressive—they have to be to chase other roosters off, or to protect their hens from a threat. Whether they direct it at you or not (the most commonly used definition of aggression) is up to other factors.
     
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