Rooster is attacking my hens....

kvsuzy

Chirping
7 Years
Jan 11, 2013
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for no reason. He will sneak up behind them and stab them with his beak and pull out tons of feathers. He was fine with my first flock of old ladies, then when the last one passed I integrated him into my younger flock. He does mate with them also but it's violent. He absolutely hates my smallest hen and will chase her around until she flies away. If he does catch her it's bloodshed at times. I have put him in boy jail and attempted everything I can think of but he's not changing....he also pretends to forage for them and when they come running for the 'snack' he has found he bites them in the face. I give up......
 

Kassaundra

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I'm sorry this is happening to you. I don't know any great answers, just that when one of my boys started similar behavior that wasn't easily changed I did crock pot therapy. Tasty couple of days and peace in the flock.
 

meetthebubus

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Weird! I always warn my roo that these are my girls on lone to him, if he messes up....

I've heard of the technique of scaring the roo while he's in the act of being mean so he associates the scare with what he's doing like throwing a small rag near him or something similar that distracts and scares it might work if he's usually a good roo
 

kvsuzy

Chirping
7 Years
Jan 11, 2013
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Sounds like he is begging to become dinner. Have you tried to dominate him to see if he leaves the hens alone after?
I have chased him, verbally scolded him, thrown things at him...he knows he is doing wrong but continues to do so.
 

bobbi-j

Enabler
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This is not a rooster I would want in my flock. Why would you want to stress your hens that way? I agree that a long soak, maybe with some spices, onions, carrots and celery, would be the best option.
 

keesmom

Free Ranging
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I have put him in boy jail and attempted everything I can think of but he's not changing
Time to stop putting him in jail and time to put him here.

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kvsuzy

Chirping
7 Years
Jan 11, 2013
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I have contacted a local farm that is known to take in non conforming Roos. I could never cull one of my own, just not in me. But thanks for the advice that he's a lost cause at this point.
 

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