My hen are killing my roosters!

rhmcdowell

In the Brooder
Nov 13, 2017
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My hen are attacking my roosters, pecking at their eye and leaving them a bloody pulp near dead. I removed the old rooster and introduced a younger one and they nearly killed him too.
 

rhmcdowell

In the Brooder
Nov 13, 2017
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How do you do a gradual introduction on a new rooster. And why did they attack the old one in the first place?
 

Acre4Me

Crossing the Road
Nov 12, 2017
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How many quail hens? Size of cage? How many roosters in same cage? How many quail do you have all together?

I have 5 cages of approx 2’ x 2’. Each cage has 1 boy and 5 girls. A couple times I’ve had a hen be aggressive, so a swap occurs and usually aggressive hen not an issue in new cage. Since all cages are within small area and all sides are mesh, all mybirds can see and/ or hear each other, so not like introducing a brand new bird into a cage. If I buy new birds, they either make a new cage themselves, or more than one new bird is added to the cage andthen they are monitored to make sure nothing too horrible occurs. But, there’s been a few bloody wounds and pecked eyes.
 

rhmcdowell

In the Brooder
Nov 13, 2017
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I had 5 hens and a rooster in a cage 24" X 30". They are all September hatch-lings. I guess I'll have to find a way to get the newby associated with the flock but safe from them until they get familiar like in the articale suggested above.
 

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