Rooster not chirping for hens

Preston and Chad

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Sep 29, 2019
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Our roosters have always chirped when we give them stuff like tomatoes or apples or other fruits and veggies to let the hens know they should come and get it. He then stands aside and let the hens take it.

In the last few days I’ve noticed he does not chirp for the hens and eats what ever is offered himself. He will even chase a hen to take something away from her. We had an old rooster who started doing this not long before he died.

Why would a rooster do this?

Thank you for any ideas, not that I think there is anything that can be done about it. Just wondering if anyone else has encountered this.
 

slordaz

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depending on where you are, the rooster may be going into a molt, mine does this when he is not active due to molting as it takes a lot for them too just like the hens. What i do when I notice this is call the hens to a different spot and give them their own, once he is coming out of molt he will be fine again. They aren't reproducing while molting either. Mine starts at end of hens molt or just after and can be a bit obnoxious as them feathers coming in hurts.
 

EggWalrus

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Has he quit wearing his manly rooster feathers? Does he look sorta like a ragged hen? Is he acting more greedy and self centered? Does he seem confused?
Well don't worry. He's either molting or going Trans. No big deal. Most kids (about 90%) going thru it realize it is a fad and come to their senses, even if it takes a while. But rest assured and fear no doubt, 100% of rooster come back to their senses within a couple of months. By Jan he'll be wearing a spiffy new suit and wining and dining all the girlie chickens.
You can't keep a good man down! :yesss:
 
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Preston and Chad

Hatching
Sep 29, 2019
3
3
9
depending on where you are, the rooster may be going into a molt, mine does this when he is not active due to molting as it takes a lot for them too just like the hens. What i do when I notice this is call the hens to a different spot and give them their own, once he is coming out of molt he will be fine again. They aren't reproducing while molting either. Mine starts at end of hens molt or just after and can be a bit obnoxious as them feathers coming in hurts.


Thank you. Yes I was thinking that that could be part of the reason, I’ve just never noticed it before on the 14 plus years we’ve had chickens. Yes, he is definitely molting.
 

Preston and Chad

Hatching
Sep 29, 2019
3
3
9
Has he quit wearing his manly rooster feathers? Does he look sorta like a ragged hen? Is he acting more greedy and self centered? Does he seem confused?
Well don't worry. He's either molting or going Trans. No big deal. Most kids (about 90%) going thru it realize it is a fad and come to their senses, even if it takes a while. But rest assured and fear no doubt, 100% of rooster come back to their senses within a couple of months. By Jan he'll be wearing a spiffy new suit and wining and dining all the girlie chickens.
You can't keep a good man down! :yesss:

☺️ Thanks
 

slordaz

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Thank you. Yes I was thinking that that could be part of the reason, I’ve just never noticed it before on the 14 plus years we’ve had chickens. Yes, he is definitely molting.
They all just like to get a laugh at our expense, making us think somethings up because we haven't seen it, my flocks been together almost 3 years and first year i've seen my rooster get cranky with his hens. my other flocks haven't had that happen that was so noticeable.
 

EggWalrus

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They all just like to get a laugh at our expense, making us think somethings up because we haven't seen it, my flocks been together almost 3 years and first year i've seen my rooster get cranky with his hens. my other flocks haven't had that happen that was so noticeable.
Figuring 7 dog years for each Man year, and 12 chicken years for each Man year, your 36 year old rooster (in human years)has come to his senses. The first year he was knocking the bottom out of every thing in sight. Now he's more like the wiser old rooster. When the young roo came up to him and said "let's run over there and do that hen! ", the older rooster told the young roo "why don't we just don't walk over there and do all the hens! ", then when the rooster's favorite hen screamed "What?" he turned around and told her "Don't worried Baby!
You're next! ":eek::gig:lau

Rooster Confidence!
 
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