Rooster attacks older hens because they don't want to breed?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by natalie97, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. natalie97

    natalie97 Just Hatched

    1
    0
    10
    Aug 11, 2016
    I have a barred Plymouh rock rooster that is attacking my to older hens (Rhode island red and silvery lace). I only have till the 26th of august to fix the issue. He kept attacking them when they dodge his breeding ritual. What should I do? He has been separated for weeks until today when I introdused him back into the flock. Is it worthat keeping him?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    25,645
    1,865
    463
    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    By attacking do you mean aggressively mating them? Not sure if that behavior can be broken. I'd either re-home him or warm up the crock pot.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    17,705
    6,056
    496
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I wouldn't keep him either.
     
  4. MommaHen2Many

    MommaHen2Many Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, I had my Roo do this too. He chose a different "younger" hen that he wanted as "top hen", he then proceeded to "de-throne" old momma. I keep chickens primarily because I want eggs, but also healthier chicken meat. My Roo was so mean to her, she would go hide, she was loosing weight because she didnt eat. And he was bloodying her head. I too tried separating etc. Nothing changed. I have other younger roos coming up from a spring hatch, so I didn't really need to keep him. Still a hard decision...but I can say the "peace" in the coop and chicken yard, now that he is not there...is really nice.
    Only you can make the right decision for what works in your chicken yard, I wish you well.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    35,760
    9,256
    656
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    More info is needed to determine what the problem really is.

    How old are the birds?
    How many birds, of what genders, do you have?
    How long have you had them?
    How big is your coop and run in feet by feet?
    Do they free range at all?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by