Odd rooster behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by watchdogps, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    background: I acquired about 40 chickens three days ago, about half are roosters. Adults. They are currently in a run in the barn that is too small for them, so yes they are crowded (that will be rectified this weekend).

    One of the roosters keeps putting his face in a corner of the run or in a corner of a box and he puts his head down, butt up and just sits there. no one seems to be picking on him when he does this.
    Any ideas why? Is it likely just stress from being crowded, or indicate some health issue? He does have scaly leg mites, but otherwise seems okay.
     
  2. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    That is the tormented fowl pose.
    He might just be so used to being tormented from where he came from, That he just automatically assumed to bully bait position.
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That's a defensive posture where they are trying to protect their heads.......I think you're right, he is probably doing it because he's stressed and crowded.
     
  4. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, that's what I kind of thought. I think I'll just let him out and hope he stays close. I dont want him bullied constantly.
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:That's a good idea, but he might not stick around since he doesn't feel like he's "at home" yet. What will you do with all those roosters? Process them for meat?
     
  6. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's a good idea, but he might not stick around since he doesn't feel like he's "at home" yet. What will you do with all those roosters? Process them for meat?

    Well, maybe if all the others are still here, he will stay close.
    yes, many of them will go for meat. I wouldnt mind finding a few homes, but they are all mutts (albeit pretty mutts) and have scaly leg mites, so I'm pretty sure no one will want them
     
  7. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, another question - if most of the other roosters are culled, how would this rooster likely behave? Do roosters at the bottom of the pecking order usually stay there, or would he be better? We are butchering tomorrow, and my first instinct is to cull him, but hubby and I are softies and part of us doesnt want to kill the bullied roo...but there will be a couple other roosters kept, and I dont want him to keep being abused.
     
  8. pokey

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    Less crowding usually leads to less stress and less fighting. You could always cull him later
     

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