serama cockerel behaviour - please respond

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by S1ilkieGirl99, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. S1ilkieGirl99

    S1ilkieGirl99 In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2014
    HI, I have two serama chickens - a hen and a cock. They are so friendly and I adore them! The cock has been crowing for about 3 weeks now - at just four months old. he is fully developed - comb and all. he has started treading on the hen - she is half his size and clearly not enjoying the attention! he has also started pecking me and being very spiteful. I am concerned for the hens well- being. I cannot separate them due to space and they get stressed whenever separated. should I get another hen? should I separate them? is this normal behaviour - my silkie cocks have never been so mature and spiteful.
    Thank you for reading!
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Hello there!

    Unfortunately, sometimes when a rooster reaches maturity, all those hormones are just raging, and their behavior changes. What you're seeing is pretty normal rooster behavior.

    Roosters can be pretty hard on the hens. It's a very good idea if you have space and can get your rooster a few more hens. That way, all his focus won't be on this one female. Often, roosters will pick a favorite, and that can make a hen look pretty raggedy. Sometimes they lose alot of back feathers.

    Also, not alway, but roosters can become very mean once they reach maturity. I've had a few mean roosters myself. It's not fun. I used to have one rooster who could constantly attack me. I carried a rolled up newspaper in my back pocket incase I needed to defend myself.

    Take care and I hope everything works out with your rooster....They are beautiful.

  3. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    This is not unusual behavior when the male hormones start increasing with maturity. If you have the room, it wouldn't hurt to get another hen perhaps. As the two get older, she will likely become more accepting of his advances and will become a bit less frisky.

    Some cockerels who get lots of human handling can become rude once the male hormones develop. They have no fear or respect of people and get defensive with seemingly little provocation. This is less likely to happen with really mellow breeds like Silkies. My Orpingtons and Cochins never acted like that either. But some of my game roosters who had hens and where handled a lot as chicks became kickers.

    This thread has some ideas on how to teach a rooster to respect boundaries:
  4. S1ilkieGirl99

    S1ilkieGirl99 In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2014
    thank you so much Sharon! I will take your advice on board and provide more space and hens for him - as well as a newspaper if needed! thanks again!!!
  5. S1ilkieGirl99

    S1ilkieGirl99 In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2014
    thank you so much scratch'n'peck, the link was very useful and will help me to learn more in the future about roosters and handling etc. its so strange that each breed varies in behaviour and maturity, and the birds that are well tamed are worse than those who aren't when it comes to adulthood. thanks again!!!

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