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Mean Rooster,What do I do?

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Hi All, I am new to the chicken hobby. So far we have two chicken coops and one rooster from a neighbor who needed to thin his
roosters out because he had too many. We do plan on getting our hens once my husband gets the chicken pen finished. Right
now he is in our fenced in backyard (6 ft. wood fence) while his pen in under construction. Last night when we went to work
on the coops and chicken pen he started attacking us and our children. Our neighbor said
that he is under a year old, he does not even have his spirs(sp?) yet. I feel so helpless and under educated on rooster and need
any advice or direction from those who have walked this road longer that we have.

Thanks,

Wife and Mother of 2 boys, 2 cats, a whole bunch of fish, 13 BO hens and 1 BO Rooster (Roy Rooster).
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Wife and Mother of 2 boys, 2 cats, a whole bunch of fish, 13 BO hens and 1 BO Rooster (Roy Rooster).
                                                     Give me the simple country life.
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You'll find lots of advice on here...most will be to make chicken soup lol.  I would get rid of him one way or another.  The best advise I've heard are there are way too many unwanted roosters out there to put up with one like that.  You should not put up with aggression towards humans, especially kids.  Good luck!

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post #3 of 10
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Thanks for your reply, I thought about chicken soup, maybe that will be on the menu in the future.
But what confused me is that we have gone in the backyard before and been fine, he seemed to be
okay with our presences. We have only had him 2 days and we have no hens right now till we get
the pen finished. would that make him more aggressive? or do you think the tools we were using
upset him?

Wife and Mother of 2 boys, 2 cats, a whole bunch of fish, 13 BO hens and 1 BO Rooster (Roy Rooster).
                                                     Give me the simple country life.
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Wife and Mother of 2 boys, 2 cats, a whole bunch of fish, 13 BO hens and 1 BO Rooster (Roy Rooster).
                                                     Give me the simple country life.
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post #4 of 10

With children around, I'd be cautious of course, but any animal in new conditions for all he'd  been there before, he has been separated from his familiar place and probably nervous and trying to find his footing.  I'd keep him enclosed in a smallish area if possible, make sure he knows you're his source of good food and treats.  There's some good links on the learning section about rooster management, but here's another that talks a lot about roosters being aggressive but more importantly to me, gives a lot of good insight IMO about WHY they act like they do...    http://shilala.homestead.com/roosters.html  ( Prevention is the better route IMO.)

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thank you so much, that was so helpful. I appreciate your help.

Wife and Mother of 2 boys, 2 cats, a whole bunch of fish, 13 BO hens and 1 BO Rooster (Roy Rooster).
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Wife and Mother of 2 boys, 2 cats, a whole bunch of fish, 13 BO hens and 1 BO Rooster (Roy Rooster).
                                                     Give me the simple country life.
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post #6 of 10

I would get him some lady friends ASAP smile

post #7 of 10

I have 3 children under age 12.  The Rooster is mean - the Rooster leaves.  Simple.  He may not "kill" anyone but if he spurs one of the kids or you, it may involve a ER visit, antibiotics, etc.  There are lots of nice Roos out there that need homes and if aggression is hereditary than you wouldn't want to breed him anyway.  CL, auction, give him away or put him in the pot.

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I have some Porcelain D'Uccles, Australorps, Araucana, India Blue Peafowl, Red Golden & Temminck Pheasants, Mandarin ducks, a few Nigerian & Pygmy goats, a couple cats, a DH and a few kids.  Simple and happy.

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I have some Porcelain D'Uccles, Australorps, Araucana, India Blue Peafowl, Red Golden & Temminck Pheasants, Mandarin ducks, a few Nigerian & Pygmy goats, a couple cats, a DH and a few kids.  Simple and happy.

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Check this thread - hope you find some ideas here!

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=131593

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SPECIALIZING IN:  Jersey Giants.  Black Copper Marans. Blue Marans. Silver Penciled Plymouth Rocks.  

Click to view my website.

Just for fun:  First & second generation "olive eggers," and a few ducks - Welsh Harlequin, Black Swedish, Black Runner.

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post #9 of 10

i will tolerate an occasional charge from a rooster i have had for a while, if he gets spooked.  Sometimes a change of clothes or a different colored scratch bucket can set a rooster off.  But personally, if this guy attacks right off the bat, i would rehoome.  There are so many roosters out there that there is no need to put up with an aggressive one.  And, i suspect he will only get more aggressive and protective once he has ladies.  Maybe there is a reason that farmer decided to rehome that particular rooster.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

Colleen
EE, Silkies, Showgirls, Bantam Cochin, WCB Polish, D'Anver, Porcelain D'Uccle, Bantam Salmon Faverolle, some interesting mixes, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Persians, Ducks.

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Colleen
EE, Silkies, Showgirls, Bantam Cochin, WCB Polish, D'Anver, Porcelain D'Uccle, Bantam Salmon Faverolle, some interesting mixes, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Persians, Ducks.

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post #10 of 10

Roosters seem to like order, they need to have a flock.  I would get him some ladies and I bet he does better. He is just trying to make you his flock by asserting his dominance. If he is still a jerk, then get rid of him.

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funny how it all started with 6 chickens!
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