Rooster overbreeding

cassbickford

Songster
6 Years
May 20, 2013
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Hi, I have one silver-laced Wyandotte rooster to 13 assorted LBF hens and three bantams. My roo has a very over active sex drive and mates to the girls like crazy. Most of them have bare backs and he has been recently cutting them while treading even though his spur is only 1/2. The hens are scared of him. Chicken saddles only cause more trouble for everyone. Will his sex drive diminish as he ages (he will be a year next month) or are we stuck with an overly hen aggressive rooster? What else can be done? Is it the guillotine for him?
 

Egghead_Jr

Crowing
9 Years
Oct 16, 2010
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2,833
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NEK, VT
I'd separate him for some time. Young birds have all those teenage hormones raging through them. Suddenly they are given a harem and simply can't control themselves. Being spring time hormones are high in all fowl so you've a bird in nitro mode.

He should mellow with age. The hens will submit to him in time without fuss so all goes smoothly. For the spring period I'd just keep him housed separate and out of sight of the girls. Will give them time to heal and him time to lower his hormone levels.
 

fishin_dad

In the Brooder
Feb 28, 2020
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Sumter, South Carolina
I have 5 hens but the SLW roo seems to have a favorite and she is now bare backed. she will run from him but once he gets close she will lay down. should I be worried?
 
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