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Rooster and hen behavior

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by frogman, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. frogman

    frogman Out Of The Brooder

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    I finally got rid of my only rooster (1 roo and 3 hens). He was just a mean bird - I couldn't walk outside without him coming at me - even after holding him!!!
    My question is now that the roo is gone - my hens are all over the place! They don't stay together anymore. He kept everybody in line!

    Do I HAVE to have a roo? Any breeds less aggressive or kinder???

    I have to say - it is so pleasant now outside with the girls!!
     
  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens

    You definitely don't 'have to have a roo' --- And there are breeds that are sweeter by reputation than others.

    One thing to consider if they are at risk is 'pastured poultry' -- in other words, there is some containment -- by a portable netting fence or other means so that they can't wander into danger.

    It could be that the flock will become more compatable as time goes past, or it could be they were always hooligans and it made the rooster crazy? It was a tough job to keep them together. He was so frazzled he attacked you in his frustration.

    Know what you mean about having the mean rooster gone -- it does make life and chicken keeping much more pleasant.

    Good luck with it.
     
  3. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don;t have too.And even if you are looking for one to keep them altogetehr,doesn't mean the rooster will.Some roosters are different and each do their job different.Any breed of a chicken can be aggressive.You could get the same kind of breed and end up with him being docile.
     
  4. frogman

    frogman Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!!
     
  5. frogman

    frogman Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!!
     
  6. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a very nice bantam frizzle cochin roo who is so nice! He take such good care of his ladies!! He brings them food scraps and he rarely eats them himself [​IMG] in return his girls preen him :)
     
  7. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just thiught id say soubds kike you have a great flock troyergal!Never knew hens preened roosters.
     
  8. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you TheTwoRoos! I actually never knew they did that either :) just found out a few days ago ;)
     

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