Will adding a rooster to a flock settle bully hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jlbfarm, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. jlbfarm

    jlbfarm New Egg

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    I currently have 27 hens of various egg-laying breeds, and 2 new baby seramas. Obviously, my seramas are all by themselves but recently I have found that I have a couple bully hens that just about destroyed 6 of my golden comets. I currently do not have a rooster but would one help with the bully hens? I have two young kids and didn't want to deal with a rooster but if that would help keep my bullys in check, I'm willing to give it a go.
     
  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    It will depend on the rooster. A good one should step in when there is a "disagreement" in the flock.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Agreed
     
  4. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    I forgot to say [​IMG]. I can help you out with a roo if you are in my area. [​IMG] I have a few to choose from. [​IMG]
     
  5. jlbfarm

    jlbfarm New Egg

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    Thanks for the offer on a roo, but I'm in Indiana. I have a neighbor that has raised a few and she said a while back that if I ever decided I wanted a roo that she could help me out with one of her "babies". I'll try it and see if it works, all I know is my poor Golden Comets look terrible thanks to the duo of bullys.
     
  6. Bravo

    Bravo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely yes, but don't forget about the term "hen-pecked" LOL

    No wimpy boys for your flock [​IMG]
     
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    jlbfarm New Egg

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    I just wanted to post an update for those that offered their opinion with my bully hens problem. I located a cochin rooster which makes my girls look small and added him, and his brother, and my 6 picked on hens all in at the same time and while I had a little bit of fighting, I'm happy to report that everybody seems happy today. Even my shy americanas have come out from under the nesting boxes where they used to hide!!! My 2 bullys don't seem so mean now!! Thanks for your help!!
     
  8. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    Quote:You are very welcome. I am glad things are working out. [​IMG]
     

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