In the Brooder
- Apr 20, 2014
I've owned my rooster Benny for about two years I got him when he was still a baby and he was so gentle and up until recently has always been. About a week ago he came into the coop while I was cleaning and lightly pecked at my hand. Now my hands were covered in straw so I assumed he was pecking at the straw so I gently shooed him away and kept working. Tonight however as I was putting everyone to bed for the night one of my young hens who I'm slowly trying to introduce to the flock got out of her quartine pen and ran up to the adults. I was worried about her being attacked so I quickly scooped her up and when I did Benny pecked me hard enough to draw blood. It was a full out attack he wasn't flapping his wings or acting aggressively he just looked over pecked me then kept drinking. Is this something I should be concerned about? Before now he has never been aggressive or attacked anyone and I really don't want him to end up in the stew pot if this is a sign of worse behavior to come how do I stop it now?