Separating rooster temporarily question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nksg75, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. Nksg75

    Nksg75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I have a rooster whom I would like to separate from the hens just temporarily. There aren't problems with him as far as the hens go. He is a sweet kind rooster to his hens. We even had a silkie recently hatch a few chicks and all seems peaceful with everyone together.
    The only issue with him is that he really dislikes my husband and recently started being a bit aggressive, and we would like to take him to our ranch to see if we could work out any issues with him. I don't want his aggression to escalate for fear that if it does we will not be able to keep him. He is my daughters chicken, and I would do most anything to remedy this problem before it gets too bad. The ranch is miles away from our other coop, so unfortunately he would not be able to see his hens for about 3-4 days or even up to a week.
    He is the only rooster we plan on having.
    The other thing is that we have about 7 (10week olds)pullets at our ranch we are raising to be eventually introduced to the flock.
    Would it be ok to bring the rooster out here with us to the ranch and introduced him to the new pullets? We don't have to have them in the same coop at night

    Then when the summer is over it may be easier to introduce everyone?

    Any thoughts appreciated
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    You can do that, BUT the human aggression is the real issue. If you always walk 'through' him, not around, and he isn't 'dancing' or otherwise interacting with you, that's good. Trying any of the methods of 'correcting' his bad behavior, maybe two or three times, might make a difference. It's much more likely that his human aggression will escalate over time, both in intensity and his choice of targets. He can really cause injuries, and is dangerous. Invite him to dinner if things don't improve! Mary
     
  3. Monguire

    Monguire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I second @Folly's place .

    Pardon the Star Trek reference, but something to keep in mind is that Roosters are the Klingons of the barnyard. They are dialed-in to body language and if they perceive any weakness (hesitation, uncertainty, fear, etc) in the two-leggeds that interact with the flock, they are more likely to attempt to assert their perceived dominance.

    I've always told our young (well, not so young anymore) kids over and over again that when around the chickens, move with calm, purposeful authority, walk through the chickens (versus tiptoeing around them) and generally puff yourself up and act like the whole world revolves around you. The occasional 'Crazy Ivan' never hurts either to keep the Rooster on his toes and in your sights. The Rooster will pick up on that demeanor and think twice about challenging the status quo. Calm authority is key as is being ready to go all Honey Badger on the Rooster if he ever steps out of line.
     
  4. Nksg75

    Nksg75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both! For putting it into perspective. I love the Star Trek lingo!! I am going to read it to my husband!
    Today we witnessed him putting a stop to a fight between 2 hens. The one hen has 3 chicks a couple of days old and the other I think was going after the chicks!!
    So we decided to leave him for now to help keep peace.
     

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