Rough rooster-I want to keep him, but should I?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NeeleysAVLChicks, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    Alright, so we've had chickens for years, but only hens, never roosters.

    I liked my little hen nunnery we were running, buuuuut was tired of always having to order shipped eggs or chicks to add in new blood and the DH was sick of being outweighed by the ladies on the farm by 25 to 1. [​IMG]

    SO, we decided to keep a rooster and things were going really well.

    So far, there are a ton of things I like about him. He's super diligent looking out for predators, keeps the girls from straying off on their own when free ranging, is always finding little treats for the hens, loves on the girls equally, has shown no aggression to us, etc. He's also been incredibly helpful in training our new little farm puppy not to mess with the chickens by providing some well timed pecks to the nose when the puppy was brand new and got too close to the hens.

    BUT...he is super awkward doing the "deed". He is young, just coming up on 7 months, and so far the issue hasn't been pulled feathers, but bloodied combs and earlobes. On 6 separate occasions this weekend I had to clean up bloodied hens and I have no doubt I'll have more to deal with throughout today. I've watched him and he grabs straight for their combs (pea combs, straight and all in between) and rips them all up in the process causing them to gush blood all over the place.

    I really like this guy, really I do, but my first love is for my hens and I won't put up with all this injury to the girls, not to mention constant comb doctoring to make sure it doesn't become a pecking issue.

    I want to give him a chance, but is it likely he's going to get better at this or will it just keep getting worse as he gets larger?

    ETA: The handsome fella in question...

    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I would give him a little more time to refine his technique.
  3. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    Me too! He's got so much going for him. Give him some time. He's a beauty too!
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    X3. Definitely. He's got a whole lot going for him!
  5. Tropical Chook

    Tropical Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2010
  6. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    He's still young and is still maturing. This is pretty normal for young roosters. [​IMG]
  7. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    Could he be separated for a while, to maybe mature a little?
  8. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    Thanks for the input guys, I appreciate it!

    I'm going to give the fella a little more time to get his moves to groove. I'm feeling better about the situation since I came home yesterday for the first time in a week and didn't have anyone covered in blood. [​IMG]

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