What to do with my Roster? Rehome?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rustic Chicken, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Rustic Chicken

    Rustic Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    So I've made the decision this morning that it is time for the Angie the Rooster to go. "He" (one of our speckled sussex) was suppose to be a "she". Our chickens are now 5 months old and he is just getting too aggresive with the girls. I thought it would be ok because he was still pretty docile, but he has one of them screaming this morning and when I got him off of her he had her feathers in his mouth. I feel terrible getting rid of him (even though he is clearly evil), but I don't want that kind of stress in the coop. I also don't want to kill him (just can't do it). Any suggestions on what the best plan for him would be? I guess I could put him on craigslist. The other option would be to convert a small dollhouse that we have into a coop for him, but he would be in isolation. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. J.Pryce

    J.Pryce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try isolation for a week, then reintroduce him in with the girls. This may take him down a few pegs in the pecking order & straighten him out.
     
  3. GAchick

    GAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rooster and dumplings, is my suggestion...
     
  4. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sometimes they just have to develop their "technique" a bit. Also some hens are screamers and some arent. You could try the isolation for a week or so--might work. OR you could just let him go about the business he is meant for and ignore the hens for a bit. They do hang on with their beaks and sometimes pull out a few feathers while doing it. Dont stress too much--I would let him be for a month or so and see what happens. Terri O
     
  5. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most hens will scream if it's not the main roo chasing them... leave it be, they'll all settle down after a while.
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    He's not evil, he just doesn't have his technique right yet. Give him a bit more time. He's still poisoned by the early testosterone flushing through his veins.

    Chicken sex isn't cute and romantic, unfortunately.

    After a while, he might get to performing the Rooster Drop Wing & Pirouette Dance of Love for the ladies. But he's still young and brazen and too eager.
     
  7. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    I say give him some time too. Not only will he develop a better technique; the hens will soon learn to just squat and not pull away, allowing him to do his business without any harm.
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    J.Pryce :

    Try isolation for a week, then reintroduce him in with the girls. This may take him down a few pegs in the pecking order & straighten him out.

    IMO this would be well worth it. He needs to be taken down a peg for the sake of your hens, and this is usually an effective way to do it.​
     
  9. geepy

    geepy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2009
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    Quote:My opinion also.
     
  10. laturcotte1

    laturcotte1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 hens 1 roo. It took him a while but he finally has a technique and is pretty good at it, I'm proud. We do however have one hen that is a screamer. The other two just squat and it's over in seconds, she however, tries to get away yelling her head off, she is also the youngest. He loves his hens very much and protects them right down to getting swatted with the broom for my own protection. He is doing a great job, yours will too, just give him a chance.
     

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