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post #131 of 1018 Old 04-21-2012, 12:15 AM
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I have been told that carrying a broom around with you is a good way to deter wayward roosters. I have a couple of barred rock hens that will peck your boots. All they really want to do is to force you to give them a treat. I tried the broom for a while. They attacked it instead of my boots. I don't think I want to wear flipflops around these chickens! These new babies will take my little flock up to 12 birds. The babies will be in the house for a while. Then they will go into a separate pen when they go out. Hopefully eventually they can go in with the big kids.
When we had Obama Brahma the roo of the farm(I got pict. Of him up here) he would attack even if you kicked him, used the broom anything to stop him and he would still attack me but the nice thing about him was he couldn't fly he only hopped he still spurred and pecked and there supposed to be a not very aggressive breed. I still have a scar on my arm from his peck. Needless to say he was given away shortly after his hormones kicked in.

When we introduced new we put them in a separate pen inside the others pen so they could interact and get used to each other with being able to get hurt.

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post #132 of 1018 Old 04-21-2012, 01:12 AM
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One of my "guaranteed hen" Cuckoo Marans started crowing, so back to the feed store he went and got replaced with 4 banty polish a Rhode island red and a silver laced wyandotte. Hubby is still trying to figure out how I took ONE back and came home with SIX!
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post #133 of 1018 Old 04-21-2012, 11:33 AM
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Cute baby Celeste! You can already see their little fuzzy beards.
My Black Copper Maran roo has turned mean too. He laughs at a broom and will be finding a new home real soon. It's funny, most of the roos I've had that turned mean were of breeds that were "supposed" to be very tame.
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post #134 of 1018 Old 04-21-2012, 11:40 AM
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I have two barred rock roosters that are about a year old. They are in the same pen with six hens, and so far, they are not aggressive towards us at all. If treats are involved, they will threaten (but not hurt) each other but not us. I really didn't mean to get but one rooster. I hope I don't have to separate them. So far so good. How old are they when they get as mean as they will get? If they stay like they are, we're ok. At some point, I may give one of them away.

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post #135 of 1018 Old 04-21-2012, 11:43 AM
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Just curious...what happens when they stop laying? Do you eat them?
My chickens all got eaten by coyotes when they started to stop laying, so we never got that far:3 They laid for a good year and a half though!
If you were going to eat them when they stopped laying, then the only way ypu could is if you put it in a soup or something because after a while they get really tough

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post #136 of 1018 Old 04-21-2012, 11:45 AM
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I suspect that mine will live a long life in retirement when they quit laying.
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post #137 of 1018 Old 04-21-2012, 11:53 AM
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I have two barred rock roosters that are about a year old. They are in the same pen with six hens, and so far, they are not aggressive towards us at all. If treats are involved, they will threaten (but not hurt) each other but not us. I really didn't mean to get but one rooster. I hope I don't have to separate them. So far so good. How old are they when they get as mean as they will get? If they stay like they are, we're ok. At some point, I may give one of them away.
My Welsummer turned mean around age 1, the Maran is now almost 2. It seems that it takes a while for roos to "come into their own." Once they do that they start testing you, but most people have no clue the rooster is challenging them, so they get away with it and it fuels their "top roo" status.
I went to several chicken sites I think I've linked to before to understand roo behavior, and it really helped prepare me for dealing with aggressive roos.
Interestingly, when I've had 2 roos or more, they seem to focus on each other as threats, but when there is just one, then the human is the threat.

As for eating them, which is something I've just started to do with a few... (No, I don't do "it" myself... to much of a ninny, I have them "done" by the Amish)... yes the adult birds can be tougher than young ones, but my crockpot does a great job of braising the meat to a
Nice tender meal.
However, most of my birds are older hens who don't lay as much because they are pets and the thought of eating them is too much for me.

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BTW, can anyone esle see the chicken in the upper left hand corner? Its new, but I thought I was seeing things for a minute ....
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Thanks for the info Lockwood. Maybe it is good that I have 2 roosters. It is working so far anyway.

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post #140 of 1018 Old 04-21-2012, 12:15 PM
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BTW, can anyone esle see the chicken in the upper left hand corner? Its new, but I thought I was seeing things for a minute ....
I saw it last night... thought I was crazy, but it is back today!! :)

Mary Liz... Puff is around 2-3 months old. Finally has enough feathers to stay outside in the big house! I have heard that they lay green eggs?
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