Why does my rooster (5 months) bite the neck of my hen (same age)?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by indi, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. indi

    indi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rooster is nearly six months old and whenever he is let out he runs to my hen and bites here neck. She squawks alot when he does. Is he trying to kill her? They have been together since they were born!
     
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  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Nope...your roo is breeding age and he is getting his moves down. Pretty soon he will get it right and start to breed.
     
  3. indi

    indi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They love being together but we won't be able to keep the chicks. What should I do???
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Just don't let her set a clutch of eggs if you don't want chicks. Eat those eggs! [​IMG]
     
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Wait until he grabs on and jumps aboard. She'll really freak out then!

    He'll hopefully learn to be a bit more persuasive (dancing for her) and stop grabbing her neck to initiate pretty soon. And once she's been laying eggs for a little while, she's likely to stop freaking out. My pullets that have been laying for several weeks are no longer resisting the cockerel's advances and actually offer it up sometimes [​IMG]
     
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  6. Really I have 3 year old hens how still scream bloody murder evry time it hapens.
     
  7. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My roo at 5-6 mos. created so much "disharmony" I was tempted to rehome him. But in a few weeks, they sorted it out. Now, the pullets can easily escape his advances, if they choose. No more screaming bloody murder.
     
  8. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I second all the other advice... he's just putting the moves on her and getting ready to mate with her. If she's your only hen you might have to separate them eventually as he will want to mate with her A LOT and she might start getting stressed/overworked from it all.

    You won't get chicks unless you let your hen sit on a bunch of eggs and hatch them. You can just collect up any eggs she lays and eat them instead. They look and taste exactly the same as unfertilised eggs.
     
  9. indi

    indi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!!!!!![​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. motomom219

    motomom219 New Egg

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    My rooster is doing the same thing. I only have one hen, the roo, and their three chicks now 14 weeks old. She hasnt laid an egg since the chicks were born but it looks like mr rooster wants a big family...lol still want to know why she is still so protective over her chicks n not laying eggs yet?
     

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