My rooster is too rough on the ladies.....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by miss_thenorth, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I currently have 9 full grown hens, and two pullets about 10-12 weeks old(that he leaves alone for now). A couple of my sexlinks are bare on the back.

    If I had more hens, would he be less likely to "love " these ladies as much? I have 9 --6wk old barred rock pullets, (and one roo who's days are uncertain) when these pullets are old enough, should this help, or do I have to isolate my rambunctious roo.?

  2. brownfarms

    brownfarms Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    San Diego Area, CA
    You should be fine when your youngins grow up but every roo is different. I have 3 hens with duct tape saddles on right now. We can't wait until the other hens mature so take the strain off of them. Mine are balding too. Poor girls.
  3. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing 11 Years

    Mar 10, 2007
    Tell me about it!! I have 13 chickens and 2 roos... My poor chickens. The roos seem to have their favorites. I have 4 hens that are bare backed. Got 4 more pullets, so hopefully that will help. So, yes, your additional hens will help the matter, but if they have their favorites, I don't know what else can be done besides separating the roos from the hens. Right now I have Doodle, which is the horniest thing I've ever seen, in the pen while the girls are free ranging. He comes out when they go to roost at night. He also has a couple of hours in the morning when he's out in the yard and the hens are in the run. Hope the extra hens will spread out all that loving!! [​IMG]
  4. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I am struggling with the same problem with my EE roo. He lives with nothing but banties and is really rough with them. My problem is i been trying to find him a new home forever but it sure isn't easy trying to rehome a rooster without it ending up on the dinner table. I'm starting to look at him like a meal now. I hope the roo settles down after you introduce the younger ones to him but dont hold your breath seems to me once they picked favs they stick to them
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    More hens may help some, but one to 9 isn't that bad right now for the "average" roo. Sounds like you have a feisty larger rooster who's favorites are going bald. A saddle for the worst feathered ones would help them out.
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    You could always try making him a fake chicken to do his duty with :)LOL.
    I know this works with cockatiels. So you might want to give it a shot.
  7. brownfarms

    brownfarms Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    San Diego Area, CA
    OMG! Has anyone tried the fake chicken idea? I'll fill my yard with them! [​IMG]

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