Please, I need some advice badly...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Terry71, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. Terry71

    Terry71 In the Brooder

    Nov 2, 2008
    Whitby, Ontario Canada
    I have what I think is a Barred Cochin bantam. She is eight months old. Two weeks ago, I got five new hens and a rooster. All around her age or a little younger. They are in separate coops. This morning, I brought Chikkie(barred cochin)
    in to see them. At first I just held her in my arms for about five minutes. Then I let her down. The hens just kind of stood there but the rooster immediatley jumped on her back and pinned her down. I kicked(nicely) the rooster off her. What do you think? Was he attacking her or trying to mate? What should I do. I don't want Chikkie to get hurt.



  2. SummerwindNC

    SummerwindNC In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    Camden, NC
    I think he thought she was preeetttyyyy! [​IMG]
  3. Vcomb

    Vcomb Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    South Dakota
    My Coop
    he was trying to breed her. just keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn't overdo it. you'll know if he is if her feathers on her back start wearing off.
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    He is going to prove that he is dominant by mating her. As long as he is not hurting her I would let it happen. I know it is hard to see, but this is how a new member is brought into the flock.


  5. I think you just asserted yourself as the alpha roo by knocking him off. I would think he was just doing what they do. Did the hen seem hurt or did she accept it all?
  6. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    i agree with Vcomb. he was trying to mate her to 'claim' her into his flock and to show his dominance.

    unless he is over breeding her, let it go. if he does, get her a saddle to protect her feathers and skin.

    enjoy your new chicken.
  7. spook

    spook Songster

    I agree with the fact that he was trying to breed, yet sounds like an agressive act if in front of you, and you should remove his body from the top of hers. Basically so that the roo- or any roo realizes these are YOUR girls, yes, he will protect them but still you are the alpha in the group.
    Good luck, keep an eye out that they don't beat her up, pecking order. Also, if you separate her, put her in a area where they see her, bantams can be rough and persistant, but take it from be persistant and it will work out!

  8. Quote:I agree. If he tries this in front of you, I'd go and knock him off again. Remind him to hold his tongue. You're the boss and he'll be able to mate when he's not in your presence. Just kindly knock him off, espcially if he mounts harshely again. That would be him trying to prove the point that he owns her, and he can own her. Just not you.
  9. Terry71

    Terry71 In the Brooder

    Nov 2, 2008
    Whitby, Ontario Canada
    Chikkie actually seemed somewhat accepting. She kind of layed there without fighting back. It all happened so fast.

  10. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I assume your roo is also a bantam??

    I personally am not a big fan of standard roos over bantam hens, but I know some folks don't give it a thought. That face-in-the-dirt thing just doesn't seem so pleasant for those bantam gals. [​IMG]

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