My Rooster is a big Chicken! Questions...

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by WhiteMountainsRanch, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Update on my new Rooster, Big Sur;

    After quarantine I slowly introduced him to my flock of pullets (they are about 4 weeks older). At first he tried dominating them, but I think he was overwhelmed as he was outnumbered... He was getting picked on by everyone, was too afraid to come down off the roosts and eat, and he even stopped crowing. I was worried he wasn't happy so I started putting him in their big coop at night and then moved in the next pen over during the day. I think he was lonely, but definitely happier. That worked for a couple weeks.

    I then ended up getting two rescue hens (about a year old), after their quarantine I moved them into his pen during the day, so they were in their separate cage at night but out with him during the day. They bonded almost immediately. About 2 days of very small scuffles and he was top dog! Errr, top chicken. He loves those two hens, and they submit and let him "do his deed".

    After about a week of this arrangement, I started putting EVERYONE in the big coop at night. The next morning when I went to move him into his pen, I found him on the ground with his ladies eating and drinking and crowing like normal! They totally brought him out of his shell and he is good to them.

    Now all the chickens are in the big coop at night and in the big yard during the day, and then free-range in the evenings. He comes out just like all the other ones and acts as normal as can be. I even saw him mating some of the other lower ranking pullets. He steers clear of the high ranking other pullets but follows "his two" around constantly and never lets them out of his sight. Some of the higher ranking pullets do still chase him away from his food though.

    So my question is; is all this normal? How long before he will try to dominate everyone? He is much bigger than they are. He is about 5 months and the pullets are about 6 months.

    Here is his pics. [​IMG]

    In the evening free-ranging.

    Following one of his ladies.

    Eating. [​IMG]

    Look how tall I am! I'm looking in the treat cup for treats!
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  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Songster

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    I don't think he will dominate them and chase them away from their food like what the pullets do, but he will establish his kingdom as "The Big Roo" and his ladies will know that. Roosters/ Cockerels are generally kind and good to their women and protect them, I do think he'll let thee dominate pullets know that he is boss later on, but I don't believe he'll become a bullie. About his size, many peeps have had Jesrsey Giant Roo's and in their flock of "normal" sized hens and do just fine.

    I hope all works out for your flock!

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