Serious problem with 6 week cockerel

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickflick05, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Chickflick05

    Chickflick05 Just Hatched

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    Hi we are having some problems with our cockerel. First of all we were only supposed to get pullets but he slipped through. He attack one of the girls last night and this morning he was very aggressive with the girls. Not letting them leave the coop and pecking and jumping at them. We are not sure what to do. Placed ads for someone to take him for free but until we can get ride of him I don't know what to do with him. At the moment we have him in a dog crate separated from everyone. Any advice would be great. Thanks!
     
  2. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you've done the only thing you really can do at this point unless you're willing to dispatch yourself.
     
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  4. Chickflick05

    Chickflick05 Just Hatched

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    That's what we thought. My husband said he would but my kids are attached. I guess we will see what the weekend brings. Hopefully someone will take him.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The thing is, kids get over losing an animal like this much faster than the parents think they will. You don't have to rub their faces in it, and you can flat out lie to them if you want. Take them away from the house, have Dad dispatch the bird, come home and say someone came and bought him. Depending on the age of the kiddos and your honesty tolerance, you can start with that or go all the way to full disclosure--your choice.
     
  6. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed. I held onto a hen-aggressive cockerel for much too long for the sake of my son. It was special to him because he hatched from one of our eggs in his kindergarten class and all his classmates/friends would always ask about the chick. We kept him for over a year and I finally took close up photos of the mutilation he had done to some of the girls so he could see what the cockerel was putting them through. He was still sad but understood very clearly. We gave him away to someone we know. I did not tell my son that said someone intended on eating him but when I found out they actually kept the cockerel, I absolutely let him know.

    @Chickflick05 , I'm sure your kids will understand and your girls will be much happier.
     
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  7. Chickflick05

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    Thanks I know my kids will get over it. They are older 11,14,16. My oldest is the one that is taking it the hardest and we didn't think that he would like the chickens in the first place. If we have to cull him I think my husband might do it then I take the kids camping next week. Still hoping someone will take him but I have seen a lot of ads for roosters lately. We are going to a farm exhibition today so maybe I could talk to some there. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and thanks very much for the advice.
     

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