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Rooster being a jerk

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicky1016, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My poor hens. I have 15. Their feathers are balding on their backs and so are their heads. My rooster mates every 3 minutes some days. He doesnt have favorites. One of my hens is so stressed she doesn't even come out for free range anymore and shes extremely flighty. Hes about 14 mos old. Will he ever calm down? Ive thought about rehoming him but who wants a rooster that's out of control?Are all roosters this way? Hes so friendly to people. But not his ladies :/
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Not likely that he will settle down at this point. He is still acting like a 5 month old cockerel. Not all roosters are like that, in fact, most aren't.
     
  3. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think he needs more hens??
     
  4. Coker farms

    Coker farms Out Of The Brooder

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    no, he already has the optimal number of 'ladies'...
     
  5. ChickenHermit

    ChickenHermit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More hens might further dilute his attentions, though I'm not sure if it would be a perfect solution. But hey, excuse to get more chickens, no? [​IMG]

    It sounds like he never developed good etiquette with the hens- bummer, as it sounds like he's so friendly to people. [​IMG]
     
  6. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He really is. He calls them over when there's food, always alerts them when something flys over... he really takes care of them-- it's just this one.thing.... :/
     
  7. ChickenHermit

    ChickenHermit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's good that he is also trying to take care of them...maybe you could try hen saddles as well? It might make things easier on the hens.
     

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