Rooster makes for yummy dinner

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Unexpected chicken lover, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Unexpected chicken lover

    Unexpected chicken lover Crowing

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    My 1 year old easter egger named Lent was trying to breed my 2 month old chicks...pecking their head bloody and i had to put an end to it. He was at the bottom of the pecking order with the other roosters and i guess his urges drove him crazy. Made for an excellent chicken salad though.
     
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  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging


    All lower boys WILL take advantage of the "weaker" more docile females. You could have put an end to by a separation plan until an age you were comfortable to see them mating.

    I saw 2 of my 8 week old boys copulate on their same age female flock mate. That didn't make it rape. Roosters don't have penises so at best it's assault. I moved them over to stag pen where they can assault each other instead. BTW, he would'a went after the other older hens if he had any chance with them... but they will defend themselves until he proves he is top dog above them. They will not submit the way a subordinate aged bird often will.

    That being said... I TOTALLY get it!!! :barnie :mad: :smack :drool

    My first year I had an outbreak of cockerels I wasn't yet prepared for the whole lot of them went after my most docile hen and took turns holding her down and just knocking each other off to get their turn, no actual fighting... just a gang bang. Every time they saw her they would come running from clear across the pasture. :hmm

    NEVER, EVER have that problem again with a separation plan in place for ANY boys not meant to be actively breeding.

    Also note... though they may not be gay... some of my boys mount and copulate each other as a sign of dominance, I believe.

    And although we give the boys a ROOSTER badge at 1 year old... there seems to still be a LOT of maturing that takes place between then and 2. I am curious to see what age my mature and VERY good rooster will start trying to mate this years group of juveniles. See for me anytime prior too egg laying even of that is 20 weeks is too young. BUT the hormones are there and the animals sense things FAR before we do most of the time.

    Anyways, we eat our extra boys too... especially those who give us reason with their behavior. But understanding that the animals' world and the human world don't operate on the same moral plain can help. There is nothing that stops cockerels from mating their dames (moms). But if that happened in humans... SOMEONE would be strung up!

    Anyways, glad you have dealt with it. Chicken salad sounds delicious!
     
  3. Unexpected chicken lover

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    I figured that was why he was doing it. I was just so mad that he injured my babies.
     
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    I have been there!

    Did they really get injured or are they OK?

    Maybe it was his time to go and you needed the incentive to be able to move forward? Well we did anyways back when we first started the whole chicken adventure. It hard to approach processing the first time. And even though we didn't process IN anger having better motivation than just putting a bird on our table did help us to get the guts to DO it... I bet your flock will be more peaceful with out the extra antics that were SURE to get worse. :thumbsup
     
  5. Unexpected chicken lover

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    Oh he literally tore one of their heads open to the skull pecking. Quite a few have bloody heads as well. He was just too aggressive but with humans was as sweet as a rooster could be. It hurt my feelings to have to do what i had to do. Oh, and btw, not the first time ive been forced to cull
     
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Sorry to hear it... but good for you for being able to do what you NEED to even when it hard!

    DEAR MODERATORS... (@KikisGirls) are you still a mod?

    It's too bad that somebody edited our posts... without my knowledge or even showing that they were edited or an explanation. As far as I'm concerned... you are NOT the only person who has had this issue and concern (of pedophile rooster or "rape") and we both did well at expressing the thoughts and difference between the two.

    Seriously... the first time my teenage daughter was exposed to that type of mating (un-consensual) , she was appalled and also felt as though it was rape of the hens. Removing the teaching that it isn't from the forum doesn't help others that come along and thinks or feel the same thing. :confused:
     
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  7. Unexpected chicken lover

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    I agree...however i received a message from the moderators saying it just needed to be reworded seeing as there are children using this site, and my title was a little aggressive
     
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  8. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Ok I hadn't yet.
     
  9. starrmar006

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    My first RR rooster was the meanest rooster! so we turned him into chicken stew very yummy!
     
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