What should I do with my sick rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Shadow-Kitty, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Shadow-Kitty

    Shadow-Kitty Hatching

    Nov 30, 2012
    I have a large black rooster named Darryle. I have eleven hens and two roosters. As you know when you put two roosters together for the first time they're going to fight. That was three or so months ago and about two weeks ago my big red rooster Skitty starts attacking him again. My father said his first injury would be fine and they chickens were hardy and he'd take care of himself, but one week ago he was a strong healthy rooster. Since then things have gotten worse. Skitty injured Darryle again today. A big injury on his tail. I didn't realize it until this Monday but Skitty has been abusing Darryle and not letting him eat. In one week he went from healthy to sick and starving. I gave him special attention for a couple days and he was back on his feet. Now today he's even worse. I'm confindent I can get him better but if he goes back into the pen I'll be dealing with this every two weeks. What should I do with Darryle. I've found I can only heal a chicken twice. Then it dies. If I send him back out there I'll come home one morning and he'll be dead. Should I give him away or try my luck again?

    Seperating him isn't and option. It's too cold this time of year.

  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    You will have to separate them if you want to keep both, it would be unkind to pen him up and allow him to be bullied to death.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, Shadow-Kitty, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I have to agree with 1muttsfan. If Skitty has gotten the best of Darryle it will just continue to happen. I think you need to keep them apart or only keep one. Sorry. Hope it works out for you!

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