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Hen is actually a rooster - will he get mean?

 
Vicki Bish
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Someone please help me, I don't know what to do.I had bought 2 chick's last year well, 1 turned out to be a rooster. For a few weeks now the hen, ( they have a pen,but both fly out) stayed away from him,doing her best not to go near him. She would go in a tree..my grape vines and even stopped laying. He had her back tore up and today she actually cried when he jumped her..well,he killed her today.he chases me and I am really scared of him my grandson is too. I want to shoot him. I am a vegetarian,and will not eat him.he is gorgeous. I am torn about having him killed.if I don't have him killed,and there is no hen here will he get meaner?
 
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Roosters can seriously injure children.  Do you have a friend you can ask to help you by killing the rooster and eating him?  I don't think he will have a good life, being alone.  One hen is not enough for a rooster, as you saw, the hen can get jumped on so often it kills her.  A rooster needs to have a flock of hens.  If he were a friendly, pet rooster he might be ok being without other birds, but in this situation, I think he will be unhappy, and mean.
 
Sunny Aldrinos
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I had a pair of rude roosters that ended up living here (long story). They would attack people. We fixed that by keeping a snow shovel or broom by the back porch for self-defense. After a few weeks of "be respectful of personal space=eat food vs attack=get walloped across the yard" they fell in line and actually became somewhat friendly. I had no interest in socializing them, but my ex would feed them Cap't Crunch and attributes their conversion from the mean side to that.

I would worry more about him being by himself, and how happy he would be. After we lost Cock of the Walk to a dog attack, Bungholio (the survivor) definitely latched on to us a bit more. He didn't seem too depressed but after awhile started to hang with the donkey. If your rooster doesn't walk the line after some, uh, "discipline" and seems unhappy or depressed by himself, then it's probably time to seek alternative arrangements for him.

Once I figure out how to post pics I'll try and upload the ones of Bungholio riding around on the donkey. Animals are weird.
 
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I had a Delaware rooster that would jump on you when your back was turned and liked to chase the dog and vice versa. It was hilarious. We had a second flock and let them both free range in the winter. The other flock were Freedom Rangers . The 2 of them fought and established dominance . The freedom ranger won and  the delaware behaved himself from then on. The freedom ranger was always gentle. Mating brings on domination issues.  I forgot to hook up my net fencing and a critter got the Delaware . He was going to be a stewing bird this winter . Oh well ,we have his son as well as a young freedom ranger too . Nature has got to eat too... MY fault.
 
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It sounds like you are better off getting rid of the rooster.  Sometimes the place you bought him from will take him back if it was a feed store or similar.  You could also ask around to see if anyone is interested in him.  That's what I did with my rooster and a friend took him for the purpose of butchering him.
 
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Another option is to put him on your local craigslist or whatever. Make sure to put the caveat on there that he is a handful, but would probably settle down if he has a flock of hens to care for. Then again, he may just be for the stewpot, no matter what. This happens, with the big thing being you don't need those abusive ways in your life.
 
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