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I have an EE roo who would attack me. I was not about to put up that. I would grab him and hold him by his ankles until I deposited him in an isolation cage, where he remained until the next morning. It seemed to help. However, my wife is afraid of him and will not do the same. He won't attack her while I am present. What should we do?
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A water pistol or pressure spray job that one gets for plants is a good way of ensuring that a roo will keep a healthy distance. After a few squirts, even the sight of either "weapon" would send my roo to other end of the garden like a bullet. 

 

CT

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post #33 of 33
This week my 4 week olds finally realized where their food, water, and treats came from and started running toward me instead of away from me when I approached. So finally we could start working on getting used to being handled!

Big breakthrough tonight at treat time. As they approached my lowered hand, I would slip it under their keel and lift them up, using my other hand on their back to prevent flapping. Then I set them on my lap (keeping a light hand on their back) and let them have at a cup of waxworms I had between my knees. I let them eat about three and then lift them back down into the brooder. Some were too scared to grab them out of the cup themselves, so I would hold one in my palm for them to take...if they still didn't take it or if they took it but didn't eat it, I'd lift them down.

By the end of a 15 minute session at least half of them were begging to get picked up! I was also able to pet heads/necks, feel crops, and check to make sure their leg bands weren't too tight without causng distress. With time and enough treats, I imagine I'll be able to do anything I want with them...at least until those teenage hormones hit...
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