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New Member with a Psychotic Rooster

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hannahbananajo, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. hannahbananajo

    hannahbananajo New Egg

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    Hello BYC! Asking for advice on killer roosters!

    We started out with twelve chicks and two of them turned out to be roosters. One is totally fine, mostly because he is a bantam and about the size of a tennis ball, so he doesn't cause any problems. Now the other rooster? Different story. He is a massive Americana and he is CRAZY.
    Now we've recently been loosing a lot of our chickens, starting today we only have four left. It began with our puppy who essentially scared two of the hens to death by playing with them, very sad but he's learned that chickens are a no no and doesn't go in the chicken area unsupervised anymore since he can no longer fit through the fence. However, in the past two weeks we have lost five more hens, leaving us with only three left. All of these hens were killed by the Americana rooster, who pecked them to death. We are 100% sure it was him, the first chicken to die was one he had been bullying for months and had holes pecked into her head and back. The thing is that he has killed four more in the past week, pecking them to death, sometimes in front of us. By the time we get to them they have chunks out of their backs and all ended up dying in the night. Now he's going after another hen, she's probably the toughest one we have, but we're still worried. We try to keep them separated but during the day when they're out roaming all ten acres of our property it's almost impossible to be sure.

    Now I've heard of roosters killing off the weak hens before, but this guy is going on a mass murdering rampage! Is he just psychotic? We've never had this happen before! What would be the best course of action?
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  3. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    The best course of action? Stew pot.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Get rid of that rooster ASAP. X2 on NorthFChick; put him in the stew pot. There is no good reason to keep a bad rooster. If you need a rooster for fertilizing eggs (one rooster can handle 10-15 hens in that regard), there are loads of unwanted roosters on the market and you can always find a good one. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  5. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC -
    X 2 to Michale and NorthFLChick -- he needed to be sent to freezer camp about four hens ago. A good rooster, though, is worth his weight in gold for situations where you want/need a rooster, and they ARE out there. If you do want to breed then that is all the more reason to be rid of a bad roo, imo, as you don't want to breed bad.
     
  7. hannahbananajo

    hannahbananajo New Egg

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    Yeah he's definitely going. We aren't interested in breeding anyway, just didn't want to kill the roosters for no reason but I agree, it's definitely time for him to snuff it.
     
  8. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Yeah, his number's up. [​IMG]
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    The first time he attacked a hen in front of you should have been his last. A rooster maiming and killing his own hens is not being a protector. They say the meanest roosters make the best soup, so you should have a great meal from him.
     
  10. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry to say it but I think I'd have it put down, it's not one I would ever want to breed from, not one I could with good conscience re home to become someone else's problem and after killing that often not someone you are ever likely to rehabilitate.

    At the very least he should be locked away from them so he can't kill again till you get him sorted out.
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2015

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