Why are they doing this? Please help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aurorabev, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. aurorabev

    aurorabev In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2008
    Inman, sc
    I went out this morning to feed the chickens to find one of my roosters laying on the ground and a few of the other eating it's rear. I am going to have to put the rooster down or should I say hubby will. It just brokes my heart to see that he was just laying there and letting them do that to him. They get fed really well. They have plenty of water and room to move and play. So why would they do that? Most of the ones doing that were the hens. I did see two other roosters. But for the most part it was hens . What to do? Please help!! I am just beside myself. I have never had any chickens do that that I can remember.

    aurorabev [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Oh I don't think I would worry about it too much. They were preening him. The hens will all gather around and pluck and pick at him until they feel he has been cleaned and received enough attention. The first time I saw it, I was flabberghasted. Too funny, actually. DON'T WORRY!!! [​IMG]
  3. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I assume you're putting the roo down because they actually dug into his flesh. I'm so sorry. I really don't have any info on cannibalism, but it's been my understanding that once it starts it can be difficult to stop. This will get you to the top of the page, so maybe someone with real answers will see it.


    May 28, 2008
    Hmm...I would also like to know what is happening, just in case this happens to my rooster and it's normal. Anyone have any ideas? I never heard of preening and do the hens actually draw blood?
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

  6. Kesta

    Kesta Pie Crust Malfunction

    Jul 31, 2008
    houston tx
    if they did draw blood seperate them and give him extra attention and love. he needs to be kept seperate from the rest till he heals. when he does put something on his rump to make it taste nasty. make sure it wont harm them though!
  7. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Pine tar (often used as a conditioning dressing on horse hooves) is supposed to be a nice, nasty-tasting but healing goop to put on chickens' wounds.
  8. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    haha,,,i have one of the meanest roosters around,,,ya should see his tail,,hahaha [​IMG] ,,from the babies and hens grabbing a feather when he walks by,,, and he dont even flinch,,hehehe,,,, theres NOTHING wrong with your roo,, he's being the gentleman he should [​IMG]

  9. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Songster

    May 25, 2008
    the1much, It looks like your rooster makes up in comb anything he loses in tail [​IMG] He's cute!
  10. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    haha ya he does,,,its HUGE,,lol [​IMG]
    Thanks [​IMG]

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