What to do with Leo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by In His Service, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. In His Service

    In His Service Wise Men Still Seek Him

    Apr 25, 2010
    I have a Buff Orp rooster, Leo, about 1 year old. He is a pretty good rooster for his girls, and has been very good to the 9 chicks one of the girls hatched out. But, he is somewhat aggressive to me and very aggressive to my DD (12 yrs old). He is a really big boy and my daughter is kind of afraid of him. My DS and DH are bucking me, but I think I should process him, and either let his two sons grow up and choose one of them, or get a new roo in the spring (new blood lines).

    Reasons for processing Leo:
    1) I could let all the LF birds free range at the same time, only one grown rooster (in another run/coop) so no fighting

    2) the hens could grow some feathers back. (I only have 5 BO hens with Leo and their backs are getting quite bare.) I have two 3 month old pullets, and 2 or 3 almost 2 month old pullets that will be in there next year so hopefully they will keep their feathers a bit better.

    3) why keep a big aggressive rooster over winter that will only add to the feed bill if I don't want fertilized eggs now?

    4) I am thinking that the little boys that are 2 months old now will be old enough next spring to "lead" the flock

    Reasons for not processing Leo:

    1)I know that some roosters mellow out with age

    2) with new youngsters there are no guarantees as to behavior

    Any one else have any thoughts?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    He is a danger to your daughter - time for soup
  3. mk4lh

    mk4lh Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2009
    Mine headed to the freezer. I tried alot of the suggestions that are listed for calming a aggressive roo and none of the worked. I've heard too many horror stories of children being hurt by roos also. Although I don't have any kids around I couldn't do anything in the pen without keeping one eye on the roo. My vote is process.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Your reasons for offing 'Leo" are far more significant than those for keeping him-- add to that the most important factor- he is a danger to your daughter. Why take the chance of permanent damage to her?????
  5. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    New England
    Quote:X2 Soup time
  6. In His Service

    In His Service Wise Men Still Seek Him

    Apr 25, 2010
    Thanks, silly, I know, but I just wanted to hear it from someone else. DH and DS will be upset with me, but they will get over it, DD might not.

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