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Question about Rooster behaviour

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickiebird, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. chickiebird

    chickiebird Out Of The Brooder

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    Please excuse my silly questions - I am very new to the chicken thing, though I'm loving them to bits!
    I accidently have 3 roosters - my brother gave me 6 Silkie chicks which he swore were all hens - so I'm trying to find homes for 2 of them. I have a favorite rooster that I have decided to keep, but since watching their behaviour, I wonder if I'm keeping the right one.(?) All the birds are black, except one white rooster. The two black roosters (Josh and Buggy), especially Buggy, he seems to be a bit of a bully, are picking on the white one (Gordie), and he is a real "chicken", (pun intended). He runs away, tries to make himself invisible, and acts really nervous.
    The other two strut around and do dances with their wing dropped in front of the girls, and Buggy often tries to jump on a girl, and the Josh pulls him off, then chases him away from the girls. Also, when the dog is near the pen, Josh keeps everyone rounded up in a far corner. If a hen strays closer to the dog, he will go out and chase her back to the others.
    Today when I went to the pen to visit, Josh and Buggy were in the house together, and Gordie was outside hanging with the hens.
    So...which rooster should I keep? Gordie, the nervous victim who seems to get along well with the girls, Buggy, the "middle man" who acts like a rooster, but picks on the underdog, or Josh, the man in charge? I want the girls to be happy!
     
  2. Menagerie

    Menagerie Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds like Josh is doing his job. I would keep Josh and you could probably keep Gordie. If you don't want the fights or rivalry then Buggy should go. I have a man in charge ( Skunk), he takes good care of the girls and the 2nd and 3rd string roosters just cause conflict but we manage. It keeps Skunk on his toes:) Good luck with your gang.
     
  3. Robertthe Roo

    Robertthe Roo Out Of The Brooder

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    From an old roosters point of view. Don't do any of the above. Divide your pen into three seperate areas. Give each Roo his own girls and everybody is happy. Otherwise sounds like "chop-chop" for Gordie. No rooster likes to here those two words.
    Take it from an old rooster "divide the pen-divide the pen-divide the pen. Pleeaase!
     
  4. chickiebird

    chickiebird Out Of The Brooder

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    The problem with the pen dividing idea is that I only have 3 hens! Don't worry, no one is getting chopped - these boys will go to good homes!
     
  5. Robertthe Roo

    Robertthe Roo Out Of The Brooder

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    Wheeeew!!! Had me worried there for a little bit. I can only imagine how worried Gordie was.
    Robert the Roo
     
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Wow, that would be a hard decision. On one hand, you want to keep the shy one...easy to handle..but would he protect the flock? Then, you might want to keep the more agressive one, great protector...but will he come after you eventually? I say...keep the middle man!! LOL
     

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