Originally Posted by Roy Rooster
I really like what you said Gritsar about Thor and Zeus. I thought it was a good idea to have a rooster comfortable with
your presence in the yard. I was so wrong about roosters, i am new to the chicken hobby and it shows. i do have one
question, how do you pick up a rooster that does not let you come close enough to pick him up? can i still establish
the alpha roo when i cannot pick him up and hold him tightly like you had mentioned. he so far is not attacking me
i have had him 2 days, how do i keep the distance that he likes to keep between me and him or better stated how
do i make sure that he does not get too comfortable with me.
I should note here that this is my own preference with my roo. Others have cuddlebug roosters and that's just fine for them. My own personal experience with them is that if you have a roo without a single aggressive bone in his body and you cuddle him, you have done nothing but created a cuddlebug rooster. If however as a baby (while they are all still cute and cuddly) you handle him alot and he does have some aggressiveness somewhere deep down inside, when you cuddle him you take away that little bit of fear. The one thing that may prevent him from thinking about challenging you when he grows up.
If I do need to handle Thor during the daytime, which isn't often, I simply draw him near with a treat he can't resist and pick him up. Otherwise, for his weekly health checks and such, I just wait until they have all gone to roost in the coop at night and go in and take him off the roost. Chickens are much more docile when they're roosting at night.
On the rare occasion that Thor invades my space (during the day) I just forcibly step towards him, stomping my feet as I go. He automatically steps back. Thor is comfortable with my presence in (their) yard, but he never takes his eyes off of me.
Just my opinion, but I'll take a roo that is good to his girls and keeps his distance from humans over a cuddlebug any day. Already went through that with Zeus. Ain't going there again.