Rooster aggression

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ms egg layer, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. ms egg layer

    ms egg layer Hatching

    Sep 3, 2013
    Right now, in front of my eyes my sweet rooster killed one of my one year old hens
    This is their living arrangement:
    I have separated the "friendly, kind, gentle (about 3 years old)" rooster and the two older hens for one year. They formed their own alliance. Separate coops for sleeping.

    They are separated from the two, one- year -old hens, of which, one of the older girls did not like.

    They all free range on 35 acres in separate groups. Two- one year hens in one group and the other group, rooster, two- three year old hens and one of the one- year- old hens that the group accepted as one of their own.

    I noticed fussing this morning between the aggressive older girl and the submissive one year old hen, after I opened their pens. So i kept an eye on them. Quickly, the rooster starts chasing the submissive one- year -old hen(from the other group) and i thought he was trying to mate. I didnt have a good feeling because he seemed so relentless, so i quickly followed to catch him standing on her head behind some shrubbery next to the pen. Done. Gone. That fast. So i found the other one- year- old hen who was her friend and promptly placed her back in her pen alone and protected from the rooster and the aggressive girl. What to do next?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    If one of my roosters kill my hens, I'll turn him into chicken pie. Sorry, it's probably not what you want to hear, but it is completely unacceptable behaviour. Roosters should look after their flocks, not hurt or kill them.
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! x2 on Sumi's advice.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Sadly enough it seems that either the rooster or the young hen should be relocated.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! I'm in agreement with Sumi - no place for that much aggression in a rooster. Good luck to you!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] He need to go to freezer camp NOW!!

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