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Sissy rooster runs from the hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rungirl, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I kept one nice looking big blue Ameraucana rooster from this spring's hatch to breed to my Ameraucanas and EEs. The problem is that he is so low on the pecking order that I'm afraid that he'll never breed my hens. Even though he's bigger than everyone else, he's chased around and is even too cowardly to roost with the hens at night. I have to chase him out of the nest box in the evening because the hens don't want to let him up to roost. Anybody have any experience with this? Unless he's better when he matures I just don't see him breeding anything. All the hens chase him. He doesn't run with the flock, he kind of stays by himself. He's about 5 month old now but I think when the time comes to put them in a breeding pen together, the hens will kick his butt. Are there roosters that are too sissy to breed?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    He's pretty young yet, just give him time. That's typical behavior for such a young rooster. [​IMG]
     
  3. DazeGoneBy

    DazeGoneBy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you have a "metro" roo? [​IMG]
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Your problem is you kept him from the last hatchings family group and they are well aquainted, Americauna roosters are not normaly the most masculan of the rooster varities. Get a non related adult rooster and you should be fine.
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    You're trying to send a boy to do a man's job. Let him grow up some more and he'll be able to do his duty.
     
  6. packmomma

    packmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I pretty much posted the same thing. I brought a GLW roo into my flock of 23 mixed variety girls and after2 1/2 days I've noticed....
    I have three "groups" of chickens. My 2 year olds and 1 year olds then I have two groups of chickens I bought this year as chicks in march. The first integrated batch and the 2nd integrated batch. The 2nd integrated batch he is boss over..they run..that is about 7 chickens. Everyone else chase him around. The first integrated batch do it for fun. They will be minding their own business and all of a sudden take off and go after him. The old chickens dont bother him unless he is too close but since they are used to chickens joining their flock he's no big deal. I did notice him roosting outside with a few EE's of the 7 he's boss over. I guess that is good but they arent laying yet..so who cares lol. I really want him to man up but I was thinking of when he was born... I"m pretty sure he is the same age as the chickens I got this past spring..so he is just a teen right now. This may or may not be good. He seems nice so I will hang onto him for a while and see. I made a deal with my sister-in-law that I would keep him for two weeks then decide to trade him even up for a hen or give him back. I may end up just trading the hen and let him mature. Maybe he will get busy over winter. I was just hoping to get some eggs incubating by october.

    I wish you luck!
     
  7. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    I have an EE rooster who didn't "man up" until the senior rooster died. Now he chases my Barred Rock roo (twice his size!) around the run. Give your Ameraucana a chance to mature, and grow into his role as flock leader.
     
  8. lynn1961

    lynn1961 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Too funny. We had a young welsummer cockrel that was low on the pecking order, when the older rooster was sold he was the only rooster left in the yard. It took him 2 1/2 weeks to figure out he was the only rooster around and another 2 weeks to start mating the older hens, after 4 months he is doing his job and is the boss. We used to have to move him out of the nest boxes during the day so the hens could get in them when we had the older rooster, he was such a scardey cat, it was so funny watching him after old Roo left, he would look around the corners before he went anywhere, guess he was looking out for the old rooster so he would not get his butt kicked.
     

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