So I was in the run this morning on my way back to work clearing brush from around our pond and had a cycling water bottle with me full of water that I intended to take with me when I noticed that the Lavender Orp's (his name is Larry Bird) best buddy another junior Welsummer rooster named BOHICA, Bo for short was sneaking up on me from behind. I love Bo, he is a character, the night before he had tried this stunt with me and I put him through the usual 'rooster walk of shame'. When I had carried him around for what seemed like an eternity, I put him down in the submissive chest down breeding position and held him there till he stopped struggling. When I let go of him, I gave him a pat, told him he was a good boy and walked away. I swear, I was out the gate, down the drive and to the house, almost 100 feet away before I turned around and poor Bo was still sitting there with is beak on the ground in the submissive down position with a couple of hens standing around looking at him before he finally got up and went about his business. This has almost become a game of sorts between Bo and me. Admittedly, he always seems to want to hit my heel from behind when I am walking away from him. This morning though I was ready for him and when I saw him make his attack run I pulled the nozzle out on my water bottle and let him have it. One good squirt hit right in front of him and his whole expression was. "What the heck was that!" End of attack run for the day.
I have a theory that three of my 4 roosters are acting like real jerks simply because it is spring and the hormones are galloping. I'm seriously considering a rooster pen for the extra roos. I usually keep two roos with my hens. One as alpha and one as sergeant at arms/backup. They have effectively kept the two junior roosters at bay and in line but one of my BO hens hatched out 8 chicks in February and I'm sure at least three of them are little cockerels. I don't eat my birds. I know, I should but I don't. I try to re-home and if a bird is uncontrollably aggressive I tell the new owner to either free range them or eat them but don't try to pen them and handle them cause it ain't gonna be pretty if they do.
I have to admit that dealing with the roosters is a challenge for me and I also have to admit that I really like roosters. They are funny, courageous, gallant, idiotic and pains in the butt, but that is part of their charm for me.