One of my roos is becoming too aggressive. :-(

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BarkerChickens, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    My Delaware roo is only 6 months old and is already becoming too aggressive. [​IMG] He has two favorite hens already that he goes after constantly (even though he as 28 to choose from!!). He is more like a predator and a protector! Over the weekend he tore open one of the hens right under her wing. He doesn't even have spurs yet!! Her cut is about 1.5-2 inches wide and about 1/2 in wide and it's ripped open all the way down to the meat! [​IMG] She's in the house recovering for who knows how long and she is not happy about it. The other favorite has scabbed up scratches from him already! [​IMG] He is gorgeous and definitely warns the flock well, but I don't want to keep him if he is already tearing up the hens at only 6 months old! Using Gritsar's Rooster Reform page, we finally got him to understand that WE are the top roos, but he is just too aggressive with the hens when we does his "business". I think we may have to get rid of him. [​IMG]

  2. RL

    RL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Oak Point, TX
    I have a Buff Brahma cockerel that just turned 5 months that is not being nice to the ladies as well. He will be going to meet his new dumpling friends here soon.
  3. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    I am having the same issues with my delaware roo!!!! ughh!!! He's 20weeks old but he's after my Ducks instead of the chickens! He was chasing my NHR rooster the other night, he's just a bully! Luckily my geese are good protectors of my ducks and they keep the rooster off the ducks as much as possible!!
    He's a beautiful rooster, it's a shame! Must be the breed?? [​IMG]
  4. luvmychickas

    luvmychickas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    My light brahma cockeral that was suppose to be a bantam pullet [​IMG] tries to breed my small ee frizzle hen, she kicks his butt, then i saw him today on top of one of my bantam cochin hens and angel (the ee frizzle) chased him away. I have a beautiful GL wyandotte cockeral who is sooooo sweet, mr. bigfoot may not be able to stay if he keeps acting this way. He is about 5 months old too [​IMG]
  5. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Quote:The Del roo's name is Rotis...short for Rotisserie, which is where he is being threatened to go. Dumplings sound good too!

    Quote:I think it might be the Hatchery strains. Good quality Dels are suppose to be nicer, but some of the hatchery stock have columbian rock in their blood lines, which I have heard makes them more aggressive. [​IMG] I've never had a columbian rock, so I don't know how true this is. We started for 4 Del roos though. The first two were EVIL (attack us and everything) and were butchered around 4 months old. The 3rd one had wry tail and was always after the hens too, so we culled him around 5 months old. We really wanted to keep a Del roo, but our hens get priority!
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Quote:We have a salmon Faverolle roo that reminds me of your light Brahma boy. He has a thing for the Jersey Giant hens (he's about 8 or 8.5 lbs...they're probably 9-10 lbs each). He isn't tall enough, so he grabs a wing feather to try to stop them. They turn their hed, peck him and he scurries off. [​IMG] He seems to have no interest in the smaller hens. He hangs out with the smaller ones like he's just one of the gals. He has a really sweet personality and isn't aggressive whatsoever, so he stays. Rotis, the delaware roo, however..... [​IMG]
  7. Gonzo_MN

    Gonzo_MN Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2009
    Plymouth, MN USA
    I had to reduce my flock by one rooster yesterday. I was unpacking from a hunting trip and he was insistent on jumping up on my gear pile as I was putting it away. I shooed him away several times. The last straw was when he was on the stuff again, and I went to chase him off, he took a leap at me with the spurs. I don't take any guff from birds. Especially after having just returned from a Canadian goose hunt. I intended to process my two roosters for a friend of mine soon anyway. One's already in the freezer, and the other one's days are numbered in single digits.
  8. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Hurting hens? A roo's first duty is to protect his flock.

    Sorry this has happened, but I'm sure he will be delicious. The sooner the better; it would be most unfortunate if he killed any of your hens.

    Good luck.
  9. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Quote:Yea! No kidding, huh?! He growls at sparrows in the yard and breaks up any squabbles between hens, but then turns around and rips open a hen while acting like the local rooster rapist! He is a big meaty rooster too! Anyone want to come over a BBQ this weekend? I think rooster is on the menu.

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