Rooster Trouble

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cc chickens, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. cc chickens

    cc chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock is 13 weeks old, & my roos have just learned to crow & Ive noticed that they have been aggressive toward my hens by pulling neck & side feathers. When the come to eat or even during treat time they are bullies. Is this natural or is this what to be expected?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Young cockerels are like teen age boys - their hormones drive them a little nuts. How many cockerels are in the flock?
     
  3. cc chickens

    cc chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    7 roos & 25 hens
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    That's about 5 more cockerels than you need. Very likely they will soon start gang breeding your pullets and wreaking havoc in your flock.
     
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    cc chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we thought we were getting straight pullets but ended up with a straight run & poof 7 roos :( so what would be the best solution?
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Well you could eat them, give them away or create a 'rooster pen' for all of the roosters. Sometimes penning them away from the hens works, and sometimes it doesn't.
     
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    cc chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    penning them sounds good till I can find them new homes. Thanks
     
  8. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would pen them up separate, and then pick the best and friendliest ones that you wanted to keep for breeding. Eat or sell the rest.
     
  9. cc chickens

    cc chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats what we did today, they were non to happy about it either. Thanks :)
     

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