My rooster is spuring my chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KateB39, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. KateB39

    KateB39 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone , I need some advice on my cochin rooster .

    I have had my little flock for over a year now . They all seemed to live in harmony until a week ago .
    I have 3 cochin roosters , one silver one red one white and grey. The red rooster suddenly started attacking the hens and the other roosters . My poor silver rooster got nailed in the neck - head area , he looked as if he was going to die , falling over and holding his foot to his head . At first I thought " chicken disease " So I put him in a isolation cage So if he was ill he wouldn't spread it to the rest of the flock . Upon inspection he had a nasty hole in the right side of his neck - head area. I knew then he had ben spured by the other rooster . Since then the red rooster has been spuring everything in the chicken yard . Now I have him in a isolation cage as well for the protection of the flock . The silver rooster is recovering from his wound , started eating and drinking on day 2 , now his is almost well and ready to go back into the chicken yard .
    I really like my chickens, all of them . I do not want to get rid of the red rooster . My husband wants to despur him . I agree that despuring the roosters would be better for the flock . It won't stop them from fighting but might keep them form hurting the hens .

    I don't get it , after a year and a half of being content , the roosters start fighting .Might be the cool weather . I have no idea what else to do but despur the roosters and let them fight or build another pen to house my red rooster .
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does seem strange to me that they are just now fighting at this age. It could be just someone challenging the established pecking order, but i would definitely despur them if you're going to keep them all. It sounds like your red guy is pretty serious and pretty dangerous.
     
  3. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    I am not sure why you would want to keep a rooster that is a attacking the HENS? His job is to protect then hens and show them good things to eat. If you despur him, if he is aggressive- he will surely find other ways to hurt the other birds. Roosters will spar with each other to establish who is the top rooster- but unless they are fighting type (and some roosters, even non game types can still become aggressive), they will usually co-exist fairly safely if they have enough space to get away from each other.

    How much space do they have & how many hens per rooster?

    You can despur them (hot potato method is my fav), but at my house- as soon as a rooster shows that he is not of benefit to my flock- OUT he goes! There are many many beautiful and nice roosters out there that would like to live with a flock- I see no point in keeping a nasty one, unless maybe he was some rare breed that was on the verge of being lost and was truly valuable due to his genes.
     

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