Roo being a little too rough

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MommaSampson, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. MommaSampson

    MommaSampson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got a new roo on the 12th. The guy I got him from said he didn't have a problem with him being aggressive but he was also with 3 other roos. I have 5 hens in with him. At first the girls didn't have much to do with him. Now he's able to get to some of them and I noticed today he's picked spots on the back of the necks on 2 of the hens.They look awful. He's really only able to mate with 3 of them. 2 of my other girls are a little hateful for lack of better word. It took them months to warm up to our first rooster. If he walks by them they run. All of my hens are at a year old or older. He's about a 8-12 months old. Any advice about what I can do?
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  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Okie dokie, heres my two cents. First off, you have very few hens. The normal recommended ratio is 1:10 (roo:hens). To compound the problem, your boy is still pretty young. Just coming from a home where he likely wasn't the dominant rooster, hes probably super excited he has girls he can mate so hes doing the deed as much as he can to make up for lost time. On top of that, he hasn't established himself at the top of the pecking order and can only mate with a couple of them. All of that adds up to what you've got here, hens with injuries. That scab on the picture is in the typical place the roosters hold onto when they mount a hen, so he most likely didn't intentionally pick it there but inadvertantly did it with all of his amorous attention.
    You're probably not going to like this, but here's what I would recommend:
    Either get him some more hens or ditch the rooster. He's not going to stop this behavior for some time and you're likely to find more injuries and/or less eggs if he's only got the small amount of girls hes got now. If you get more, he'll be able to spread himself a little thinner and not constantly be grabbing onto and getting on top of the same hens all the time.
    Another option would be to separate him, but thats likely to make him very unhappy (maybe even angry). Do your girls a favor and figure out a solution. Good luck!
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  3. MommaSampson

    MommaSampson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. When I checked them today I had to remove the hen cause he has completely broke through the skin. Like I can see muscle. I talked to my husband and we're going to try to get some more hens.
     

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