Will my rooster kill its own chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Caliopy, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Caliopy

    Caliopy Hatching

    Aug 7, 2009
    One of my hens has decided to take to the nest. She's definately lowest in the pecking order, and I'm concerned not only about how the other girls will treat any of her chicks, but how the rooster will react? He's very aggressive as is, and his days with us are numbered, but I'm wondering if I should get rid of him sooner rather than later, since, if everything goes right, we could have new chicks in just a week.
  2. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Songster

    May 24, 2009
    Temperance, MI
    I'm still new to chicken, but have read a lot. Can you move the hen and eggs/chicks into a separate area? maybe a dog crate or something. I know some people do that and once the chicks have hatched the mama will keep them safe
    I'm sure some with more chicken knowledge will pop in [​IMG]
  3. feather leg farms

    feather leg farms Songster

    Jun 25, 2009
    Salisbury, NC
    The dad of our hens babies didn't. We let him, her and the baby out in the yard and he only pestered the mom. Of course they are silkies. IDK about the other breeds.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2009
  4. paddock36

    paddock36 Crowing

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    My Serama roo actually catches bugs and gives them to the babies. They stay in the same pen with him and he has always been very protective.
  5. detali

    detali Songster

    May 9, 2009
    A hen with chicks usually rises in the pecking order because she is a hen with chicks. That's been my experience. A good mamma hen is a fierce protector. As far as the rooster goes, that all depends on the personality of your rooster. When I introduced my baby chicks into the main flock, it was my rooster that often put himself between the chicks and the other uppidy hens. You have to watch and see and act accordingly.
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    A good rooster will protect all members of his flock. Not all roosters are good.

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