In the Brooder
- Nov 13, 2019
I’d say early days. How old are they? How old is the male? Did he grow up with these hens? Do you have more than 1 feed and water stations?
Who is highest in the pecking order? Sometimes it isn’t the male right away, especially if he is young and there are older females or a particularly dominant female. Could the harassed female have been high in the pecking order so that she and the male were fighting for dominance? We gave a cockerel to the neighbor who had pullets a few weeks older than the male. It took the male many, many weeks to move slowly up the pecking order. Even after 2 months, he and the top pullet were fighting it out.
do the other females treat this female well, with only the male giving her problems?
What are your goals for having a rooster?