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Over active rooster...
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Swamphandy    Posted 09-12-2002 at 19:04:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi all,

We have a hobby coop with 3 hens and a rooster. They are all free range. My problem is that the rooster is really rough on the hens. All of them have bald patches on thier backs where his spurs dig in. One chicken is so bad the skin has peeled back and she her back is often bloody. That can't be comfortable.

I have taken to seperating the rooster by putting him in a small pen. We don't want to get rid of him completely, he is a great way to annoy the $10,000,000 worth of yuppies in the new sub that just went in across the road as well as giving our farm a certain atmosphere (roosters crow all day long).

After a few weeks in the pen he is looking ragged and depressed (LoL yes my chicken looks depressed, just take my word for it). I don't want him to get sickly, but I don't want him to kill my hens either. Is there a way to either get rid of the spurs, or file them, or perhaps tone down his libido?



Carol    Posted 02-06-2006 at 10:44:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does any body out there have any free hens they would like to givea way for FREE and can ship to me live in Texas. I also need a Rooster.

Ron/PA    Posted 09-13-2002 at 11:26:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In a commercial breeder flock, the ideal ratio of hens to roosters is 25 to 1. Too few roosters and the fertilization rate is way too low, too many roosters, and they spend all day fighting each other instead of,,, well you know.
however in your case you have way too many roosters (one) or way too few hens. If you want to give the hens a little relief get another rooster, if you want to make a happy rooster, get a few more hens so that he will quit beating them up to get them to co-operate.

Tom A    Posted 09-13-2002 at 02:21:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep, getting some more hens may help some...we've got about 15 hens to each rooster (even so, most of our hens have some bare patches on their backs). We've learned to accept the appearance, as long watching has shown us that some/most of the hens will fight back when they're not interested and the rooster usually backs off.

Barring more hens, try letting him out with the hens on a more limited basis. They're flock animals and want to be together. Perhaps let them just roost together at night, letting him out of the pen near evening.

good luck,

bill b va    Posted 09-12-2002 at 23:31:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

get more hens

ger    Posted 09-12-2002 at 20:00:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
your probably gonna have to cut back his viagra

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