"Rough" Rooster

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"Rough" Rooster

Post by amberalora » Wed May 08, 2019 6:06 pm

My Rooster is rough on my hens, one hen has no tail left at all and another has a lot of feathers missing on her back and the back of her head. I just have three hens with him, and he is fairly young - about 10 months old. He is a Wyandotte. Do roosters ever settle or get more gentle with age? Do I need more hens in with him? Is this normal? He is easy to work around and has never been aggressive towards me, I just hate seeing the hens get picked on like this and wanted some insight.

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Re: "Rough" Rooster

Post by Killerbunny » Wed May 08, 2019 6:17 pm

I would think about saddles for the hens. Sometimes they settle but if they are nasty I don't keep them. He is very young. Watch for any behaviour from the hens indicating that they don't like him, that was a warning sign for me with one of my Wyandotte roosters.
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Re: "Rough" Rooster

Post by Ontario Chick » Wed May 08, 2019 6:59 pm

At 10 month old he isn't very likely to change.
As a rule Wyandottes are very laid back birds, but there are exceptions.
3 hens isn't really enough birds, ideally he would have 6-8, but even then he will have favorites and can do damage.
Meanwhile to protect the hens, You can separate him (dog kennel works well) and put him back with the hens every 5 days or so, that will still give you fertilized eggs and the hens will have time to recover.
The hen with no feathers on back will not grow them back until next molt and in the meantime she will get sunburn so like @Killerbunny suggested saddles help.
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Re: "Rough" Rooster

Post by ross » Wed May 08, 2019 7:34 pm

Rehabilitation..
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Post by ross » Wed May 08, 2019 7:35 pm

Rehabilitation..
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Re: "Rough" Rooster

Post by KimChick » Wed May 08, 2019 8:51 pm

In my meager experience, I would agree that your rooster needs more hens.
Right now, I have 2 roosters- Bert and Bert Jr., and 17 hens. BJ was hatched last July. They are both good roosters and BJ respects his daddy, Bert. When my incubating eggs hatch and it's time to put the younguns into their half of the enclosure, we will most likely send Bert off to freezer camp.
Last year, in BJ's group of hatchlings, there ended up to be 6 roosters and 4 hens. My favourite looking rooster ended up to be a meanie, and was thus sent to the freezer. BJ was my next favourite because I like his shape and colouring.
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Re: "Rough" Rooster

Post by Shnookie » Wed May 08, 2019 9:17 pm

I have an EO rooster that is just mean to the hens in general, and is kind of aggressive when breeding. They are afraid of him. I am not a fan of his looks or personality so he will probably be sent to Ross's rehab. :)
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