In the Brooder
- Apr 25, 2017
We have had our 15 chicks in the coop next to our rooster and 2 hens for 2 months now. They are separated with chicken wire. The chicks are 12 weeks old, but a good size. We cut a small hole in the wire wall so that they could start mingling with the older chickens. I was expecting some pecking from the mature chickens, but I did not expect the rooster to go at them so violently. He grabbed them by the back of the neck almost like he was going to mount them. Was that normal? How much aggression is too much? Should I wait for the chicks to be bigger? I would like to keep him because he does a good job of looking after his ladies, but I am prepared to process him.