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WHAT IS HE DOING???!!!!????!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Southern28Chick, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I have 23 9 week old pullets and a 1 year old roo. I have them separated until the girls reach maturity but they can still get to each other if they stick their heads through. Well, this has happened twice now (that I have seen). The Colonel (the roo) will call the girls over to the fence with a treat. Once someone sticks their head in he grabs her by the back of the neck and she screams bloody murder.

    This second time he took out about 6 feathers and there was a bit of blood involved. Is he trying to mate? Is he hurting them? How do I make him stop?

    Last edited: Jul 6, 2007
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    That's how the rooster subdues his women, by grabbing the feathers on the back of the head. A couple of my poor ladies are practically bald now! He's just being normal. I know it looks brutal, but that's the way of chickens. He doesn't understand that they're too young, I guess. Maybe a barrier of some kind would help. If not, maybe they'll get that he is up to no good.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2007

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