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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mccluckers, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chirping

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    Hi guys I have a mixed flock of 8 hens/Pullets 1 rooster. The rooster is a standard,3 of the hens are bantams the rest standards. The rooster has become very aggresive with the bantam hens when mating and I am worried he may hurt them. I would like to rehome him and get a bantam rooster but will he protect the hens, warn them of Hawks as they are in an open pen? If anyone has any experience with this please reply!
    Thanks
     
  2. cnicho05

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    Hello,

    Last summer I had two Sebright Bantam roosters...and they were like any other rooster. They were very aggressive towards a neighborhood cat who liked to visit their run...you shouldn't have any problems...
     
  3. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chirping

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    Did I they warn the hens of Ariel predators? Maybe 2 would be better? If they grow up together that might work
     
  4. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chirping

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    Does anyone else have any experience?
     
  5. uzisuzuki

    uzisuzuki Songster

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    My rooster is a Sebright and he is extremely protective of his Polish ladies against EVERYTHING. However, he can still be pretty rough on their feathers when mating despite the size difference between them. I can't speak to his watching for aerial predators as I know we have hawks and an owl around our area, so I cover the top of their run.
     
  6. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chirping

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    Thanks my run isn't covered.
     
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member 8 Years

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    You might want to think about covering it. Your rooster might be able to warn the hens to get them in the coop, but would not stand a chance against a determined hawk or owl. If you're willing to sacrifice your rooster, then don't worry about it.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The breed may play a part here, not simply "bantam". Speaking very generally, the feather footed rooster seem to be more docile. A clean legged bantam male might be more alert and assertive about warning and protecting his ladies. Again, this is a very broad generalization.
     
  9. Mccluckers

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    Thank you both for you replies, at the moment I am looking into OEGB
     

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