Should I find new rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by melishkia, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. melishkia

    melishkia Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello!
    My chickens still don't do the submissive squat for my rooster, we have had him for 4 and a half months now. Maybe i'm being too impatient but I just have this feeling that they really hate this guy. They are smaller hens, americana's, while he is a brahma. One of my hens has completely stopped laying roughly 3 weeks after I brought him home. One of my girls especially is small, easter egger, and he seems like he really doesn't like her. When she walks over to get some scratch, he chases her off.

    Honestly though, he doesn't crow that much, mess with us, and he does make sure all the ladies go into the coop on time. I just worry that the girls don't like him, I'd have no problem getting a new rooster.. in fact i've greatly considered it and looked around just in case. Then again, if I end up getting a terror of a rooster then that might kinda suck. lol.
     
  2. Wyatt0224

    Wyatt0224 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are some "defective" roosters who don't act like they should. He may be one of them.
     
  3. melishkia

    melishkia Out Of The Brooder

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    defective, how?
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    How old is he?
     
  5. Wyatt0224

    Wyatt0224 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I say defective it's because there are some roosters who just won't ever act or do their job right. Since you introduced this rooster to grown hens and they don't like him it's common for him to force mate them so they respect him and know he in charge. It might also be that he's so big and their not.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Also how many and what ages are you 'hens'?

    More info is needed to determine what might be going on before coming to the conclusion that he is 'defective'.
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    How old is he and how old are the females are two extremely important questions. There is a world of difference between pullets and cockerels versus hens and roosters.

    Also, other than not squatting, what makes you think they hate him? What kinds of behaviors are you seeing?
     
  8. melishkia

    melishkia Out Of The Brooder

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    Im not exactly sure what age he is, I think he was a year at the time of introduction.

    My 3 adult hens are a year and a half, 3 hens that are 5-6 months, and 2 hens that are 4-5 months.

    When he force mates, they scream like they're being injured and will scare him sometimes... I think they do this intentionally as a way to get him to leave them alone.
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Hens that aren't used to being mounted by a rooster, scream. It's normal. It takes time. Also, 5 of your girls are too young for him to be really interested in, unless they are already laying.
     
  10. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Firstly, why do you want a rooster?

    Hens will take themselves to bed without being escorted by a rooster and whilst some breeds are slightly better at predator warning than others, few can or will stand up to a predator.

    In my experience, more hens object to being mated than accept it and less still actually invite advances by squatting.

    My advice would be that if you don't want to raise chicks then get rid of the rooster and don't replace him...... Your hens will be a lot happier.

    If you want to raise chicks I would look for an older, experienced rooster, perhaps of the same breed as most of your hens so that you will be breeding some pure breeds and also perhaps more of a size with them (Brahmas are a very heavy breed), but don't kid yourself that they will all "like" him and accept his advances willingly.
     
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