Rooster Behavior

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jgervais, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Having never owned or even participated in chicken raising before this spring, I have no idea what to expect from this Roosters behavior. Also, we expected to have 7 hens, not 6 hens and a rooster, but we're willing to keep him if he behaves.

    So far he is pretty well mannered, he's an easter egger rooster, and doesn't mind us in the coop or messing with his ladies. Overall he usually seems to just be one of the gals that happens to crow in morning.

    However, more and more I will catch him roughing one of the girls up - grabbing them by the back of the neck and holding them there for a second. Thats all he does, it doesn't last more than a few seconds and then that particular hen seems more submissive after he does it.

    Assuming this is all normal rooster behavior? Any signs I should look out for that will show he's being too aggressive? No hens have lost any feathers over this yet, and it doesn't seem to happen too often... If he ever comes at one of us, he has to go since I have a young daughter and another on the way. Think there's hope for him? 'The Bishop Don Juan' is his name [​IMG]
     
  2. Kbagwell1

    Kbagwell1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's mating!!!! Its normal behavior....
     
  3. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

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    apparently 'attempting' to mate then. I don't think hes actually figured the process out yet. He just grabs their neck. What a teenager [​IMG]
     
  4. PDurkin

    PDurkin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Country boy at heart
    How old is he?
     
  5. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Born last week in March.... so coming up on 3 months-ish
     
  6. PDurkin

    PDurkin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Country boy at heart
    It is probably to early to tell if he will be aggressive towards people yet, in the next month or two you should be able to get a good idea of his personality type. I hope hes a keeper! [​IMG]
     
  7. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like most young boys he will get it figured out [​IMG]
     
  8. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My roosters are the exact same age as yours and are doing the same thing.

    Although one of my roos has figured out how to actually mount the hen (on rare occasions).

    My little d'Uccle is the funniest of all since he appears to be SURFING when he's on top hanging on for dear life.

    I don't much like the whole BITING thing, but it seems to be all part of the learning process. [​IMG]
     

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