In the Brooder
- Jan 5, 2016
am a first time mom to a BEAUTIFUL Rhode Island Red named Lil' Bit. She was about a week old when I bought her in March 2015. I had never raised chickens before, however I have had a yard full of them for a couple years (my neighbors)and I wanted a pet chick I could spoil. She was raised inside my home for several months, only going out to potty as needed and to play when supervised. Turns out, she is one of the best pets I've ever had! Now, she stays outside almost all the time. Only coming in for visits. There are about 12 hens and 4 roosters belonging to my neighbor that eat, sleep and LIVE outside my front door. Recently, we decided we didn't want these mix breed birds mating with our little girl, so we began searching for RIR roosters. We wound up with 3 roosters and a hen that were given to us, just because the people didn't want them. Everything has been going well for the last 2 months, but now the last 2 days, two of the RIR roosters have been mating with Lil' Bit almost non-stop. She's got the plucking marks on her head and back and if I walk outside, she runs to me and jumps on my shoulder or in my arms, trying to get away from the two roosters. She is terrified to go outside because when I took her out, they cornered her again to where I had to push them off of her with my foot and she ran back inside the house. I never built a coop, because they perch in the wooded area between my house and garden. So I can't separate the her from the roosters unless I bring her inside. Believe it or not, she is potty trained, so she's not as messy as most would be. But this is a temporary fix. I know I need to thin out the roosters, so my question is... Do I get rid of the two mounting her, or just the most aggressive one? The mixed breeds are definitely going to be gone. They would have been already except, no one can catch them.