Rooster picking on biggest hen!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TwilightMom, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. TwilightMom

    TwilightMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Livermore, California
    Why is my young rooster picking on the largest hen in the group? He's so mean to her. The hen is twice as big as he is....they are roughly the same age. Aprox. 12 weeks old. He doesn't seem to want her around. All the other hens are just bothered by him occasionally.
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    He probably views her as the biggest potential threat to his dominance. They'll work it out over time. Just let them do their thing. If you decide after a while that he is still being too mean, then cull him and replace him with a more mannerly rooster.

    Good luck.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I agree with above. Does she submit to him when he tries to mate her? My biggest hen had her comb bloodied on several occasions because she would not submit gracefully to mating attempts (HE was rehomed). So if that's the case, he may want to show her who's boss???
  4. surgerynut

    surgerynut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2011
    Leavenworth, KS
    I have the same problem with my rooster, but he's picking on my turkey. He gets on her back, bites her neck and it's obvious he's hurting her. Both of these animals are 4 months old. The rooster just began to crow. The turkey is very docile and has a lame leg. I don't want to get rid of the rooster. Is there anything I can do to calm him down? [​IMG]
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Quote:Umm, he's not "picking on" your turkey. He's breeding her. Since she's lame and can't get away she's an easy target. Separation is the only solution. That testosterone ridden teenager is not about to change his behavior.

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