My rooster is being mean

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by crayon, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. crayon

    crayon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had 17 hens and 1 rooster. We got 18 hens from another farmer who didn't want to deal with them over the winter. We have had them for a week now, but they have hardly come out for out coop. Our rooster is attacking the new girls. Sparing them and just overall being a punk.

    We actually really adore our rooster, he has never been mean or spared anyone. So, now what? Will this all calm down? I would think over a week now that he would have calmed down, but it actually seems to be getting worse. I had not noticed him being mean until today.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Is he attacking them or trying to mate with them?
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you haven't seen it before, mating looks like an attack.

    Chris
     
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you did an out of the blue integration (dropped in out of the blue sky) then the rooster may well be defending his turf from the invaders. It will take a while for the original flock to accept the new comers if at all with out a fight.
     

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