Thanks, Rachel~ I just don't remember our previous rooster acting like this, even when he was young, but maybe that's just my bad memory! We are mostly vegetarian and so our flock doesn't get many protein scraps so I'll check the protein content on the feed, as you suggest. He just seems to be doing what he's doing out of mean-ness! I hope that's not true and that he will grow into being a better rooster. Thanks so much for your reply.
Don't feel left out, our Red is the same way, lol. Not as bad as our Barred Rocks (bullies the two of them!) I'm sure that he'll learn the gentlemanly behavior when the hens have had enough too, lol
You might find this article helpful. It explains how to deal with aggressive Roosters. They really do consider you another rooster, and roosters have a "pecking order" too. This article explains how to create a higherarchy in which YOU are the top rooster.http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=4810 It's worked for me to keep my rooster docile around my kids and our other animals.
ETA Sorry! wrong link given... I've fixed it.
Thanks, Erin. Here's an update on our roo (I wrote the original post above back in Sept of last year) He did start doing his rooster-ly business after another month or two, but then a few months later he began to attack me! He has gotten so bad that my husband, who the roo does not attack, has to let the girls out to free-range while I watch them and makes the roo stay in the fenced yard. He's a beautiful rooster and a great crow-er but he's definitely transferred his bullying from the ladies to me. :(
I've had only one out of about 6 roos that was a sweetheart, I think part of it is luck of the draw. First roo was a jerk and flogged everyone, even if you tried to defend yourself he'd come back swinging.
the one really amazing Roo I had was a BB red, he was sooo sweet!! never flogged anyone, and I could handle him alot. just was the sweetest thing ever, and very nice to his girls.
I have a young rooster he was hatched here by one of my broody hens in July 2011. I named him the Little Peeper because he was very vocal, now he is very aggressive I carry a long rake handle with me. He likes to charge me when I open the door in the morning. He rushes out to get the scrapes and won't share, he is now trying to crow it really sound very strange. The little white banty hen who hatched him now get a pecking from him every day, thank goodness she is much faster then he is and much smaller. When do they mature ? Thank you Ellen
Ellen, I know you so wanted a little hen when peeper was hatched! The Bantam 's mature the fastest in my experience, mature enough to be laying in 4 months, crowing, and roosters ready to show off their flogging skills. I have a little Campine hen that has yet in 9 months to lay an egg. She just goes where she wants to go and preferes staying with turkeys. The Australorp's took well over 6 months to mature to egg laying. One rooster was a devil of a meanie who had to go - the other one is the best rooster I have ever owned.
How long does it take for a turkey to mature to lay an egg?