Please help me - Need to make a decision

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by McGoo, May 7, 2008.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I have a 1 yr old Roo, Mr. Ed who I'm trying to decide what to do with. He's a black sex-link.

    He is a good roo who tries his best to protect the gals. He escorts them into the hen house when they are getting ready to lay their egg and he is always generous with food.

    He started getting rough with the gals - especially 2 of the 5 a couple months ago. He roughed up their backs to the point that I have had to put aprons on them. Even their wings are roughed up. He then started to pull out the feathers on the head of one of the gals as he mated her. He keeps her down even after mating. And one of the other hens now pecks at her head too. So I put blue kote on her head to stop the habit. I also put blue kote on some of the other hens - so he learns.

    I know that more hens to roo ratio is better, but I lost 2 hens in the last few months - one to a hawk and one we don't know what happened. I have 10 little 4 week old chicks.

    Additionally, he's been getting hard to deal with when I go in the pen. I've taken to bringing the net with me so he stays away.

    Additionally, now that spring is here, so he has been crowing a lot more than before.

    I'm considering culling him since I don't really think anyone else wants him...with these habits.

    Any ideas or suggestions are really appreciated.
    Last edited: May 7, 2008
  2. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    I'd have chicken dinner. [​IMG]
  3. Sherry

    Sherry Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Southern WV
    I had 1 roo to 7 hens. 4 of the girls got til they wouldn't leave the roosts. The other 3, as you can imagine, got pretty wore out. And pretty tore up. I finally had him for dinner. Since then, all the girls go outside most all day now. They seem much happier.

    However, I so missed hearing a rooster crow so soon I will have a ratio of 24 hens and 1 roo.
  4. McGoo

    McGoo Songster


    Sherry, Some people say that they wander around and don't protect themselves as well. Noticed that at all?

    ps right now I can't have so many chickens to give a greater ratio.... next year when we sell here we'll be moving to a more rural setting. that'll be a different story. thanks

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