In the Brooder
- May 1, 2020
Hello. I’m a complete newbie. I’ve been reading and trying to learn as I go. We bought a house that had a beautiful coop and run and the previous owners left us their 10 hens and 1 rooster. They couldn’t take the chickens as they weren’t yet set up at their new home and didn’t want to stress the flock. I’ve added 3 starter pullets who are doing fine. My only problem is the rooster. He doesn’t challenge me, but I have witnessed him being brutal with one hen and have another one who has a partially bare back (have not yet witnessed him picking at the second one). At first I chalked it up to Mother Nature (thought there might be something wrong with the one hen). She is partially blind (one eye destroyed—don’t know if he did it, but honestly believe it’s possible). She also has most of the feathers on her topside gone. She is a fighter and still seems pretty vibrant and competes for food, so she’s holding her own. Tonight I saw him cover and mate with her (which really irritated me). If the rooster saw her as an outcast, why would he mate with her? Personally, I don’t see a need for a rooster. I don’t need him for fertilization (I don’t want to raise chicks). I think he’s very handsome and I love his occasional crowing, but I don’t want him beating up the hens. We have only had our home for 2 months, but have not seen any predators yet. Possible that he could keep predators at bay, but not sure about that function yet. I think our coop is pretty well defended. I don’t want to get rid of him if I don’t have to, and I certainly don’t want to butcher him. But I’ll do what I have to. I’m thinking about first trying to isolate him for a bit to see what that might accomplish. Any ideas? I’m so new at this that I would appreciate any ideas and thoughts. I’m just at a loss as to the next steps. Thanks so much in advance for your ideas and thoughts.