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Why do roosters do that?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Alphagamchick, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. Alphagamchick

    Alphagamchick Songster

    Mar 26, 2007
    OK, here's a roo Q. When I go into our pen and handle our hens, I have to be careful that I put them down away from our young Speckled Sussex roo because he will rip their feathers out, especially if they raise a fuss when I'm holding them. He is the king of our flock even though we have several roosters. All were hatched this spring so they are 2-3 months old. I'm keeping an eye on him. I hope he does not become agressive toward us. He'll have to go.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    My young Barred Rock rooster would grab any girl I put on the ground and mate her right there. We had to put them down away from him, too. I always laughed at him because I could just hear him saying, "You hold her down, mom!" He was just a little opportunist, was all. My older Barred Rock roo never interferes with our handling of any of the Girls. Maybe that's what's going on. My alpha hen will attack anyone I put down in her presence, so I have to watch her.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2007

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