Stuart loves his hens toooo much

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by laturcotte1, May 17, 2011.

  1. laturcotte1

    laturcotte1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stuart is a Barred Rock rooster with 3 Barred Rock hens. Two of which have no feathers left on their backs, parts of their wing areas and I noticed bare spots on ones neck. Yesterday he grabbed the head hen by the neck and made her yell. Their backs have small scabs on them now. Does this guy need more hens or is he being a bully? I'll be happy to get him 3 more. When I had just hens life was so much easier.
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like he needs more hens.
     
  3. squeak1387

    squeak1387 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He sounds like he is a roo who likes his women. Time to get him a few more. If you don't have room for more, check out the chicken saddles. It will atleast prevent him from hurting his women.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    He needs either more hens or to be separated from the hens with occasional conjugal visits if you want fertile eggs.
     
  5. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely more hens...ratio I think is 1 roo- 8-10 hens.But if space is an issue I agree with the saddles or separation.
     
  6. jacobsenbd

    jacobsenbd Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a rooster that is doing the same thing and he is with 12 hens. He's "gentle" with 2/3's of them - the other 1/3 look about like what you described. He is about 8 months old. I keep hoping he'll grow out of it. Some of the hens submit to him, some he chases and forces himself on them, and some he just plain ambushes.

    We are debating on what our next steps with him are.

    DJ
     

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