Rooster mounting another rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Freyadog, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Freyadog

    Freyadog Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens are in the hen house and run. The roosters run free for the moment. I have a rooster who is chasing down another rooster and mounting him. What do I do?
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    They are working out the pecking order.

    Let it be, UNLESS it gets violent to the point of a bloody fight.

    If they draw blood and continually fight, you'll have to get rid of one of the roosters to restore peace.
     
  3. Freyadog

    Freyadog Out Of The Brooder

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    Susan
    You mean that 1 rooster will mount another rooster like he does the hens? Is this actually establishing a pecking order since these roosters have been together for 5 months or is this something else entirely?

    I did separate the roosters this evening. The one doing all the chasing had the other one down in the tall grass just going to town on him. AFter he mounted him he got off and was pekcing the fire out of him to where the second rooster wasnt even moving I thought he was dead.
     
  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Yes, the roosters will jump on each other to dominate the other.

    Sounds like the submissive rooster was doing the right things - being VERY submissive and letting the top dog know he was the boss.

    If you have a very bossy rooster, he may not leave it alone when the subordinate submits, and will continue to beat him up even when he's down. In that case, to prevent bloodshed, you'll have to separate them out permanetly.

    Everytime you try to put them back together you'll just have the same thing happen again.

    And 5 months is about the right age for a rooster to be getting through puberty and working out the pecking order.
     
  5. Freyadog

    Freyadog Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:thank you for the insight on roo behaviour. had no idea that it would last this long.
     

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