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Rooster fighting Hens
« on: June 17, 2009, 07:36:39 PM »
Guys I have a game rooster, looks like a purebreed game, that has just started fighting the hens, 12, he hasn't done this before. He's pulled out most of there feathers on there neck and back. He's been with the hens for several months now and two hens has chicks. Any suggestions on how to stop this without putting him in the pot ???. Thanks Splitter

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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2009, 08:32:01 PM »
you could have brought him to middle tennessee and entered him in the cock fights in my town. but a couple of weeks ago they were raided on a saturday night. hundreds of people were arrested some for owning the roosters some for just being there. some for drugs. they had a concession stand set up with food and drinks. it was the feds i think that did the raid. the local police was not included. i guess if the sheriff had been told about their plans there would have not been a rooster found for miles. reportedly the fights had been held in this county for years. practically everyone in the county knew about them. now everyone knows.

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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2009, 09:17:20 PM »
I didn't know anything, so I went on a search.

It seems that there are Homo chickens that cause problems like this.

But, here is a Link for a forum that discusses exactly your problem
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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2009, 09:44:04 PM »

   :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

  I just read this thread to Reina, AND, she says there are Female-male roosters that do that very thing.   :o :o :o :o :o

  Sure beats the %%%% outta MY thinkin, EH ???  :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2009, 09:56:59 PM »
Sounds like he is over breeding them. Males have a tendence to pull feathers out with over breeding.Heres a real good chicken site.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/index.php

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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2009, 10:25:25 PM »
you could have brought him to middle tennessee and entered him in the cock fights in my town. but a couple of weeks ago they were raided on a saturday night. hundreds of people were arrested some for owning the roosters some for just being there. some for drugs. they had a concession stand set up with food and drinks. it was the feds i think that did the raid. the local police was not included. i guess if the sheriff had been told about their plans there would have not been a rooster found for miles. reportedly the fights had been held in this county for years. practically everyone in the county knew about them. now everyone knows.

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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2009, 05:29:11 AM »
Like SJH said, probably just mating. My wife keeps 4 breeds of fowl for the fertile egg trade and her hens usually get knocked about in the same way, the buff Orpington roosters seem to be the worse. Not sure how much you know about poultry so please don't think I am telling you what to do but another thing you may notice is the hens loose some or all the feathers of their back as your roosters spurs grow. It's a good idea to cut them back with an angle grinder or such. 
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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2009, 07:07:54 AM »
I would start by trimming its beak.  That will stop the picking feather problem.  Not sure about the fighting.
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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2009, 07:49:15 AM »
I feel he's keeping his ladies a little too busy.I had some hens that looked like that too.I had to get rid of him,seems like that's all he was doing.Sometimes this will even affect the egg laying.If you don't want him for fighting I would clip just the top of his beak,a LITTLE bit,just enough to take the pinch out. I did some of my hens once.They was pecking each other.I just used a pair of toe nail clippers.They can still scoop up grain,but can not bite.
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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2009, 09:54:07 AM »
Hey,

I have a theory, that suggests that the rooster just recently became a mature bird, and was previously lower in the "pecking order"....where there was a couple dominant hens that weren't going to give up their "sociel status" without a fight.  Often a older dominant hen will keep a young rooster in "check".   You could keep him in a cage inside the coop so that he can still "window shop".

I'd be very careful trimming his beak and spurs...he could bleed out if it's too drastic. (They only have a few ounces of blood to begin with, especially being a gamebird.)

I'm just sayin'.

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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2009, 10:21:54 PM »
Thanks for the info, this guy just seems to be mean, he's been the cock of the walk every since I started keeping chickens and I have added several hens to the flock along. Yes he is young and has about one and one quarter  inch spurs. He don't seem to be trying to mate he seems to want to fight something. I asked a old timer about this problem and he said that sometimes they just wanted to fight, this rooster is even trying to fight the chicks thats not half grown yet. My friend (the old timer) said to get another rooster for him to fight with and that would cool him down. So I may try that soon. Splitter

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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2009, 11:14:19 PM »
Want my old Dommer for a while? 3"+ spurs, watched him and a chicken hawk go at it once, the hawk left. The little feller might be fast, but it would be like fighting a turkey, probably be interesting to watch.
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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2009, 12:12:30 AM »
I'm reminded of a story about farmer who had a lot of hens but only one rooster.  This rooster had been around the farm for many many years, and the farmer thought he should get a second rooster before the old one died.

So the next day the farmer brought home a young cocky rooster, and let him roam around the farm.  Now the old rooster knew that the farmer was trying to replace him, so he challenged the younger rooster to a race.

"Who ever can run around this coop 10 times wins", said the old rooster, "but the loser has to leave the farm and never return."

So the younger rooster (did I mention that he was "cocky"?) said, "You're on!"

They lined up,.. got ready,....and..

Go!

The young rooster was off like a shot.  He lapped the older rooster on the first lap.  Just before he was going to be lapped a second time the older rooster picked up his pace and stayed just ahead of the younger rooster.  He didn't seem to care that he was losing the race.  Now at this point, all this commotion caught the  attention of farmer and his wife. 

His wife asked, "What does it mean when that younger rooster is chasing the older one?"

The farmer said, "It means I need to find another rooster!"

"Why are you so upset" asked the wife.

The farm exclaimed, "Because that's the third queer rooster I've gotten this month!"
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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2009, 03:03:50 AM »
Want my old Dommer for a while? 3"+ spurs, watched him and a chicken hawk go at it once, the hawk left. The little feller might be fast, but it would be like fighting a turkey, probably be interesting to watch.

With out the steel on them my money would be on the ole big bird.  I don't have any chickens now but in the past I have had the old big yard birds whoop the daylights out of the smaller game roosters.  But put some steel on them and the yard bird will run like a....well chicken would be a good word here....if he can.  Tim
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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2009, 08:15:33 AM »
Roosters just got to be too much of a pain in the butt at out place...Rooster=soup.
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« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2009, 09:30:01 AM »
Im with zopi on the roosters and chickens in general...too big of a problem...They are ok if you don't have any concrete, but if you have  slab of concrete anywhere close.....They will make a bee line from the back 40 or 80 or whatever you call it to relieve themselves on the concrete.  Guess if I get any more I need a pen.  Tim
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Re: Rooster fighting Hens
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2009, 09:55:19 AM »
Banjo, you need a chicken tractor and spread the wealth.

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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2009, 10:16:53 PM »
Well James I had to have a look at a chicken tractor.  But building one is still on hold for now.   :D  Tim
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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2009, 03:32:02 AM »
A chicken tractor is basically a floorless, movable chicken pen, seems they can be simple or fancy.  That way the poo get spread out if you have room to move it every few days.   I have a friend that moves one around on his garden spot.  The chickens eat the weeds, bugs and fertilize all at once.   Less feed is required too.
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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2009, 05:58:01 PM »
I just doubled the size of my garden spot...I think I'll leave about four feet between rows next year and keep the chickens in the garden...three foot wide chicken tractors made from gray pvc conduit for hoops on treated frames..chicken wire tops...
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