We have one hen (a white cochin), when trying to replace her companion which we had to euthanized after complications from becoming egg bound on her first egg, we ended up with a rooster. We hand raised "Iris" from an chick and he was sweet until he started to crow. The rooster LOVES my husband! He dances and prances around him and will play chase him around the yard. However every time I am seen by him he goes strait into attack mode. I don't know what changed I have not given him any reason to behave this way. My husband would be devastated if we have to shoot Iris or got rid of him; I try not to be afraid of him but can't help it. How do i deal with Iris.
(Sadly we can't keep he chickens together either, he tries to mate with her but she lived 6 year without a rooster. As long as one of them is behind an enclosure, then they will will hover around each other, the moment there is no wire barrier she runs and he cases then we have to rescue her, only my husband intervenes.)
We know that getting rid of Iris the rooster is the best thing to do but it really will be our last resort. Any advice on what I can do to deal with Iris. He's a black Australorp (descriptions of his temperament claim this breed would be easy to handle, but I'm not seeing it)
update...thanks for the advice so far, taken as it was intended, but with one caveat: We don't treat our chickens as just chickens, they are beloved pets! (the cochin even spends time in a macaw sized parrot cage inside our kitchen) To kill one is like have to strangle a member of the family or to "re-home" one is akin to abandoning a child.
Edited by hazelhen - 1/26/16 at 8:58am