Rooster Keeps Attacking me! - Page 8
Not likely. Chickens love to be ignored by humans...they like living their chickeny lives without our interference, which is why you are getting the brush off each time you come in his world. Kicking him is a defensive response and only reinforces his belief that he is attacking a lesser creature and winning at it. Each time he wins that little fight, it makes him feel he is doing the correct thing....attack, engage in a fight, the challenger retreats. Success!
If you want to change that thinking and whole chain of events, you need to be HIM and he needs to be YOU in that scenario. A calculated and determined offense beats a frantic, angry defense any ol' day and it usually wins the game.
I didn't write this, I found it and can't remember where. It makes sense. I have the same issue with a new rooster that I want to keep, so I'll give it a go myself:
1. Never fight them. If they attack me, I withdraw slowly, without fighting back. This is not difficult. Roosters aren’t very dangerous and this isn’t a life-or-death struggle. A chicken can’t force you to do anything; the choices are all yours.
2. Don’t scare them. Don’t walk directly towards them as if you’re going to run them down. If you watch the roosters, you’ll notice that their behavior changes before they attack. They do a little dance and give other signals that they’re feeling threatened. Don’t trigger this behavior. If you do, back off a little and they’ll forget all about you.
3. Feed them handfuls of grain. Roosters know that other roosters don’t double as feed dispensers, so when they associate you with food, it’s hard for them to think of you as a fellow rooster.
You’ll be amazed at how quickly these techniques work, how much better you feel about your chickens, and how much more confidence and control you’ve achieved. By observing your chickens’ behavior but not participating in it, you can give them what they really need, not what they think they want.
She loved the fresh grilled chicken. She was surprisingly okay with helping me process 3 of them.