Rooster behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ejbeez85, May 31, 2017.

  1. ejbeez85

    ejbeez85 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm totally new to chickens. We have 9 chickens in the coop and two are fbcm roosters and one sizzle rooster. We plan to thin out the roosters soon. The Marans are 3 weeks older than most of the flock except I have one Marans hen that is the same age. One of the fbcm rooster just started to get "mean" with the hens. He attacks them if they aren't eating how he wants them to or if they get in his bubble. Of course I think he might be mounting them now too. So is it normal behavior or not? The other fbcm rooster doesn't even crow. Usually it's a crowing battle between our sizzle and the "mean" fbcm. I appreciate any help or advice. Thank you.
     
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  2. Mace Gill

    Mace Gill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds normal ... the rooster is supposed to be in command. Watching for predators, rounding up and scolding stray hens, etc. They're young, so he is practicing. So long as no one is being injured, everything is okay, but keep a watchful eye! If you see him mating, knock him off of the hen. 1) She may be too young to mate yet, and 2) He is not to mate in front of you. If he does, it is a challenge to your dominance and he must learn that YOU are upper management, and he is only middle management.
     
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  3. getaclue

    getaclue Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    From your comment, "Of course I think he might be mounting them now too." I gather that he's a young cockerel just coming into breeding age. His behavior is normal at this age. Young cockerels are often rough on the females at this age. Give him time. He'll become easier on them, calling them for treats, etc. with age.
     
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  4. ejbeez85

    ejbeez85 Out Of The Brooder

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    Interesting. Okay thank you for your help. Yes, I don't know if he does it when I'm not around but he sure does it a lot when I am.
     
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  5. Mace Gill

    Mace Gill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you're not around, that's his business ;)
     
  6. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    A good rooster doesn't bully the hens. He won't exert discipline except when a squabble is occurring between a couple of hens. Then he'll come running from wherever he happens to be, and he steps in to admonish the instigator. It's over in almost a split second.

    But cockerels lack this judgement, and they are often abusive instead of being disciplinarians. At this early age, this behavior should aid you in selecting these cockerels for removal from the flock if you're "thinning".
     
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  7. ejbeez85

    ejbeez85 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah he pretty much just attacks them for no reason. We will be making dinner out him soon.
     
  8. Mace Gill

    Mace Gill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Attacks the hens for no reason? Yes, that's dinner.
     
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  9. ejbeez85

    ejbeez85 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah last night the brahma was eating from the top of the feeder and the rooster grabbed her by the neck and continued to until I separated him.
     
  10. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Can your menu accommodate him this week?
     
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