Pecking

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  1. RedRoosterInn

    RedRoosterInn New Egg

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    We live in North Central Florida
    We have 5 hens and a Rooster and as of late I notice 3 of the hens are showing signs of being pecked.
    They have a large pen and coop and free range 4 to 5 hours a day.
    Could the rooster be doing this?
    The rooster is a Rhode Island Red and is very aggressive.
    And while I am here do I really need a Rooster?
    Thank you for any help.
     
  2. CherriesBrood

    CherriesBrood Chicken Photographer

    Hello and [​IMG]
    We're glad you joined us!

    Oh no I'm sorry to hear that. Yes it can be your rooster that breed is known to be aggressive. No you really don't need a rooster, hens can lay eggs on their own and it will be more peaceful for them. The only thing you'd need a rooster for is protecting them (if they free range) and fertilizing their eggs.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  4. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens

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    Ever hear that old line, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander?"

    Well, what's fun for the rooster isn't as much fun for the hen.

    In truth, I would say you need a few more hens or one less roo. Depends
    on your needs, your goals. I don't want an aggressive rooster period. But
    if you feel he is there to protect the girls? Unless you're looking for fertile
    eggs?

    Your choice, but aggressive roosters don't make good pets. Sooner or later
    it will get you....or get a child.
     
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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I agree with the sentiments above. My flock seems a lot happier without a roo than they did when i did have one.

    All the best
    CT
     
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Hens seem much happier without a rooster harassing them. They will continue to lay just as many eggs though non-fertile ones.
     
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