Help! Rooster is Picking on 1 Hen!

by Noelene
(Stanthorpe, Qld, Australia)

I have 1 rooster and 5 hens. The rooster has singled out 1 hen and every time she comes out of the chicken coup he attacks her and chases her back in. He is fine with the other hens, it just seems that he has decided that hes doesn't like this one. What can I do to fix this problem?

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Feb 16, 2011
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Much better
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the comments. I agree. I did release the hen back to the flock and put rooster behind bars (dog kennel). All of the hens seem somewhat relieved, including previously injured bird. All were basking together in the dust bath, they seemed happy to have rooster away. He, on the other hand, paced the fence all afternoon. Would love to find him a home, but I am going to give him a while to mature and hopefully mellow. Not sure that will happen in seclusion though. Will see. Thanks!

Feb 15, 2011
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Rooster picking on 1 of 5 hens
by: Wyndy

I have the same thing happening, and it is driving me crazy! Have her separated as she was bloodied pretty badly. One other hen bowed up to her too. She is almost healed, but the roo still pesters her through the separation fence. I am nervous to release her, but I do want to try. I am hoping to let her out and fence up the young rooster. Will he mellow? He is only almost 6 months old. Thanks for any input.

Feb 08, 2011
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separating hen from rooster...
by: pilgrimscottage

I would just keep them separated even if it meant putting up a separate fence for the hen. Those things do happen.

Feb 03, 2011
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The rooster may know best
by: Steven

Hi Noelene, there is not really very much you can do except keep them separated. Not sure why this happens but I have seen it occasionally (but not very often). I suspect that there is something about her that he doesn't like; maybe a genetic difference (perhaps a weakness) or an illness that we can't see observe or sense. He will most likely eventually kill her if you don't keep them permanently separated. It seems cruel to us but is probably just natural selection taking its course.

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