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Rooster hurting Hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by allosaurusrock, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. allosaurusrock

    allosaurusrock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello everyone! I really hope you can help me with this problem. I have a Black Australorp, who is an absolute gem to people, but evil to the hens. He is young, and I am aware that some go through a phase, but he is aggressive. After mating, (quite brutally) he will continue pecking the head and comb of the hens. My 8 week old chicks are small enough to escape, and when they got to where he was, my rooster picked one of them up by the scruff of the neck and shook her/him. He has left my speckled sussex with a gaping hole in the back of her head. He chases the girls around and doesn't give them a break. Is there any way to stop this behavior?
     
  2. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put him in a pen by himself where they can all see each other but he cannot get to them.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    And do it for a long time - they can be nutters when they are young!
     
  4. allosaurusrock

    allosaurusrock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have tried this.
     
  5. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand, but his hormones are raging right now ... he is young and he needs to mature which will take a while. Separating him for a short time isn't long enough. I don't see a lot of options, other than rehoming him or separating him.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    But for how long?
    You might need to keep him separated for a couple months.
     
  7. allosaurusrock

    allosaurusrock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I will continue doing that! Thank's for your input! I just have to convince my family that keeping him separated isn't cruel.
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The " gaping hole in the back of her head." isn't convincing enough evidence?!?!?!?
     
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  9. thebulg

    thebulg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lesson i have recently learned the hard way: one rooster's suffering does not trump an entire flock's suffering. It's easy to not want to be cruel to him, but he is being cruel to everyone. You might be amazed at the behavior shift when the hens realize they are safe from him. Someone on here said to me :no rooster is better than the wrong rooster" and that is absolutely true. Keeping him separated for a few months might be painfully boring for him, but keeping him in with ladies could be traumatizing for them and possibly stress them enough to kill them or to destroy their entire social dynamic.
     
  10. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Eat him.
     
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