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Over-aggressive Barred Rock Rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Henry4020, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Henry4020

    Henry4020 Hatching

    Jan 30, 2013
    I have a barred rock rooster that is housed with 2 rhode island red hens. The rooster was hatched last spring, and has recently become extremely aggressive towards us (He's been crowing for months, though). His aggressiveness includes attacking with spurs whoever is in the pen for feeding/watering, etc. Any suggestions, or should he have the opportunity to enter the soup pot?

    BTW - I have a second set of rhode island reds that include 15 hens and 2 roosters in an adjacent pen, and they are all happy.

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    You have two back up roosters that are not a problem? Soup pot for the barred rock.
  3. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chirping

    Jan 5, 2013
    Fort Collins, CO
    Soup is probably best. Don't have tame roosters. I never allow my kids to hold or interact with males from chicks to adults. This prevents aggression.
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

    Apr 8, 2008
    Definitely make some soup. You certainly wouldn't want to breed from such an aggressive bird, since the aggressiveness can be inherited. And you'd feel terrible if someone got hurt. I have a friend with a scar near his eye from a rooster attack when he was a child. He's lucky it missed the eye.

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