Originally Posted by PapaChaz
ok, the 'don't kick him it just makes him more mad'.....well, I just absolutely disagree. The urge to attack is built in, it's to show dominance, that old 'the strongest survive' thing. I kick mine. The first time he did it, I just kind of pushed him away with my foot. He didn't bother me again for a few weeks, but then still does occasionally. I do my best to kick him now, I bounced him off the side of the run the other day, and he got up and came for more, so I gave him more. It's a 'I'm bigger and badder than you' that he will eventually understand, though it is kind of funny that as long as I keep eye contact he won't try anything, he waits until i turn to walk away. So I try to keep an eye on him and if I catch him trying to sneak up on me I jump at him. Goofy thing now waits until I get outside then runs to the fence and jumps at me
Hey, it's all good. If kicking him works for you, then keep kicking him. Not kicking seems to work for me, for now. That's not to say I haven't. Twice I did and he came at me harder. When I don't, he's suddenly a quitter so I just shut it down by not giving him the opportunity to make me engage on his terms. I'm sure that may change in the future. It was a sound philosphy during my single lady days, and a rooster is just another dude, really. I know that roosters are hardwired to fight, but I have to say, if I was hardwired to fight and always win & somebody kicked me, I'd just want to tear their face off or go completely psycho hose-beast on them.
We'll see what happens when James hits puberty. Perhaps he'll be the one needing to be kicked or re-homed. I only say don't because that's what I read about in the blogs/forums/articles I was researching in. I meant it more as a suggestion, not so much as a command. If it were any other roo, I probably wouldn't waste my time with it, but you know this little guy slept under my chin for a week when he was a sick baby. I just don't have the heart, whether he deserves it or not so I decided to find a way to make it work so he can stay. Time will tell.
"To each, his own" is the lesson here. I just wish I could remember which articles and blogs I read because I didn't bookmark them. I think one was in Mother Earth News or Grit, maybe(?). They discussed all angles, including re-homing and freezer camp, so I just chose what works for me and discarded the rest. Please know, I am definitely not trying to be a know-it-all here. I know how much you hate that!
On another note, did you ever find out what those baby birds were that are roosting on my porch every year? I can't wait for the leaves to fall off the trees so Ican get a better look at the goings on in that nest up there.