Originally Posted by IzziesChickies
I don't handle my roosters at all. Not as chicks and not as adults. The only handling they go through is the transfer from summer to winter coops and vice versa. They have never sized themselves up to me, they respect and act friendly towards me instead. They associate treats and food with me instead of associating me as another rooster. I respect them and they respect me. They do eat treats from my hands and love to walk around the pen with me. Always underfoot😂 but not trying anything. I also don't handle their ladies either, as it stresses everyone out. The only time I do (when not moving them from pen to pen) is if someone is sick or injured. Even then the roosters know I'm only helping. With not being handled my birds are quite human friendly since they all associate food and treats with me and all other humans. Whenever they see or hear me coming they get all excited and run to greet me. So in my experience (which is ten years of it) don't handle the roosters at all when babies. They don't see you as a threat then. Along with this I'll give you a pic of two of my roosters eating treats from my hand. Never handled but will handfeed:
Pictured is my one and a half year old Silver Laced Wyandotte rooster Noah and my 2 year old Porcelain d'uccle rooster Levi. Both have never been handled as chicks but are still very friendly.
I have two Roos that I handled their whole lives. One is still great and sweet he's about 4 months older than the one who is attacking. I'm not convinced handling matters. My grandma raised chickens for over 40 years and handled all. Growing up, there was always only one Roo we watched out for. And over the years she had Many roosters.
- Actually, I'm starting to wonder if he just has a screw loose. He attacks the back door that only he uses, the wood panel by the roost, and even one of his girls. I do handle the girls, but I handle them all and there is only one he picks on. I will try next time not to handle my next set. This was my first go round. Thanks for the advice, and will definitely try, it seems to have worked for many of you to just be the provider of food and not affection. And it makes sense.