Roosters!

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

  1. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

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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!
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  2. cnicho05

    cnicho05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone else have any experience?
     
  5. uzisuzuki

    uzisuzuki Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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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

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

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

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