Originally Posted by Bogtown Chick
Here is my deal on rooster attitude. It should not be tolerated as there are many a nice roosters out there looking for homes.
However. Even my walking in the house to the cracker cupboard trained monkey act of a rooster gets territorial this time of year. Translation: he is protecting his hens. His progeny and if you free range it's not an all bad trait. It's about 4 months of the year that he forgets that I'm the food lady and let's me know I have passed his imaginary comfort zone line. Dirty dog. There are moments where I need to get him his food at some point and I carry a fluff lifter in the form of a bamboo walking stick about 4 1/2 feet long. I'm not cruel with it. I just lift the fluff up to make it an uncomfortable fight for him. ( he realizes he will not draw blood on a stick). After his first year he decided that a stick in my hand is a nice time to take a wide berth.
Carrying him works too. When he submits to a carry he'll squat. Carry him around for 10-15 minutes. Fill the food bin. Fill the waterer. Give the hens scratch. Tuck his head down against his breast. It may work it may not.
I will tell you though they usually settle down. And a good rooster is worth a few moments of attitude.
He is a really good rooster. Because of you, friends, I realize this is the time of year that he just might want to act this way. I like it because I am, again, free-ranging them for a portion of the day. He is somewhat up set also because I separated the RIR from him into that recently built coop. He was tearing the heck out of their backs while riding them. Those two typically go off by theirselves when everyone is allowed to free-range. So I gave them their own home.
So anyway, he did his thing when I went out to the RIR and I picked up one of his ISA's. Kind of to provoke him into the behavior. I scooped him up, held him, stroked him, talked to him, laid him on his back, did the whole process again and put him down. I forgot to crow or shout at him. When he got down he started in all over again, only not as aggressive. So I scooped him up and did the whole procedure again and when I put him down I shouted I am the boss! Don't bite the hand that feeds you! Then I walked toward him, going past to do something else, not looking at him. It worked. I kind of like holding him and petting him.
Got my first Chicken magazine today and I have learned alot from it already. Hobby Farms Chickens. I am also getting Cappers Farmer and Mother Earth. Do any of you read and recommend magazines that would be beneficial to this hobby.? Thanks for all your wisdom Ralphie and Bogtown. Next time I will carry him around while I do some of those chores Bogtown. He is a good rooster and I would hate to loose him.