Originally Posted by kada6305
So you grab him and bit him on the ground on his side, correct? and what are hackles?
Yep like Roses said, the long feathers on their neck. Although I grab his near the base of the neck close to the skin so he can't kick or spur me, and so I don't rip feathers out. It embarasses him in front of the girls and the other roos, just like if he does it to another roo in a fight.
I pin him in the about the same position the girls squat to for him, and hold him there until most of the flock comes in to see what's going on. He steers clear of me unless I have treats for his ladies, that's the only time he comes near me for a week or two after I've done that.
I will add, just because it works with my boys doesn't mean it'll work for every roo. You also should have the, I want to say, "aura" of an alpha and hold yourself like a leader or it doesn't work, at least from what I've seen here at my home. I've had practice with our dogs over the years and a pack isn't much different from a flock when it comes to being the leader. Our dogs recognize me as head B. (although I'm saying this in dog terms I'm still not gonna spell it out lol) and I guess it's carried over to the other animals.
I've also noticed it depends on what shoes and clothing I'm wearing. If I wear a long dress that covers my legs or long pants the boys are more likely to try picking a fight. Same with shoes, if my toes don't show they are after my feet. I think it's that they are so used to seeing me in sandals and shorter dresses or shorts that anything else has them on edge. The girls could care less but it does bother the boys.
Edited by BirdbyGavin1103 - 9/13/13 at 11:45am