Rooster mounting "underage" chicken

du808

In the Brooder
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Jan 6, 2012
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Hi everyone,

Just had an incident where our mature Australorp rooster mounted one of our 8-9 week old Welsummer's.

Can anyone advise if this can be avoided other than separation from the younger chickens? Is there a risk of injury? What should we do, if anything?

The rooster is a great rooster and always looks after the flock and we believe this is the first occurrence.

Thanks.
 
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CMV

Flock Mistress
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Yeah, that definitely needs to be discouraged. A full grown Australorp can seriously injure such a small pullet. As for how you would stop it- they will need to be separated. Maybe it was just a one-off thing that won't have a repeat.
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If you see it happening again, then the birds will need to be kept apart until those pullets mature a bit more. He's going to break them otherwise.

Good luck.
 

du808

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jan 6, 2012
15
0
24
Yeah, that definitely needs to be discouraged. A full grown Australorp can seriously injure such a small pullet. As for how you would stop it- they will need to be separated. Maybe it was just a one-off thing that won't have a repeat.
fl.gif
If you see it happening again, then the birds will need to be kept apart until those pullets mature a bit more. He's going to break them otherwise.

Good luck.
Hi CMV,

Thanks for the advice, much appreciated.
 

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