Rooster mounting "underage" chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by du808, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. du808

    du808 Out Of The Brooder

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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.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2012
  2. CMV

    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.[​IMG] 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.
     
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  3. du808

    du808 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi CMV,

    Thanks for the advice, much appreciated.
     

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