Will a newbie cockerel toughen up?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Studio2770, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 2 8 week cochins, and a 7 week old EE. One of the cochins is looking rooish. OlivER does exert dominance over the other 2. We have 5 18-19 week old white leghorn pullets, 3 are laying. We had the older ones and the young ones out together and the youngest leghorn picked on Olive and "she" got down in a fighting position, flaring out neck feathers, and so was Sophie, the leghorn. Olive ended up running away.[​IMG] But this said "roo" for me. Will a young cockerel protect his little flock against the older flock?

    Here's Olive btw
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Well that comb says roo to me, no matter what the behavior!

    He's just a baby, he can't be expected to hold his own against an older female at this age. Cochins are also slower to mature, so he may not hold his own until more like 8 months.
     
  3. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cochins are also a generally super sweet breed, so some of those boys never do toughen up. At least the Bantam version is, I haven't had the LF version yet. I've had full grown bantam Cochin roos get their butts handed to them by much younger females. They seem to be more of a "go with the flow" sort of bird.
     
  4. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting, he does act dominate toward the other two.
     
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    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Cochins are also a generally super sweet breed, so some of those boys never do toughen up. At least the Bantam version is, I haven't had the LF version yet. I've had full grown bantam Cochin roos get their butts handed to them by much younger females. They seem to be more of a "go with the flow" sort of bird." I have read they are mellow. How often do they crow?
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    My bantam cochin roo crowed as much as my big boys. Just higher pitched & kind of squeaky.
     

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