rooster... maturing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by libbo, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. libbo

    libbo Hatching

    Mar 15, 2009
    We have 11 older hens and 1 young rooster, the rooster recently crowed for the first time and is starting to get... rough. he is not as nervous as usual and just stands there all day puffing his feathers, making sounds, extending his neck to make him look big. he is a nice rooster, being brought up inside. (thats part of the reason why he is nervous, part of him thinks he's human) He's still got fluff on his but... [​IMG] anyways recently he has been chasing the girls around, jumping on them and looking tough [​IMG] is that normal?
  2. william9792

    william9792 Songster

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    sounds like a new roo to me
  3. Yup, normal. Just remember that he knows his place and doesn't try to dominate you. Remember, you're his superior. (sp) In my short time of raising my chooks, that has always been the next step. Cute, innocent, crowing, chasing the girls, then getting mean. Keep an eye out. [​IMG]
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Normal. If he's younger than the hens he has to prove himself to them. Until he does, the hens will fight him off.
    Once they accept him as the boss they'll stop fighting it and mating can occur sometimes without you even knowing it's happening.
    My roo does a good job of keeping the girls in line. When I walk out there he backs off, way off. He knows that the only one with more authority than him in that chicken yard is me.

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