Originally Posted by monaname
Originally Posted by tinychicky
next time he does that make your self look really big by spreading out your arms and chase him away. or another option is to pick him up and make him put his head down by cupping your hand over his head. take your hand away. if he lifts his head up, put it down again. keep doing that until he keeps his head down. do that at least once a day. good luck! :
Howdy neighbor! I'm in Ashby, MA. Thanks for the tip, but how should I go about getting a hand on him if he's trying to take me out? When it happened, I turned around and yelled at him. He stepped back a little and then prepared for another go. Since I grew up with horses, I know that you can't fix a problem with animals by being aggressive back, so I just eyed him close and we danced a little. Then he finally calmed down and I was able to continue about my business. I'm confident I can handle him, it's really my husband and 2 year old daughter that worries me. My husband has zero farm experience and a 2 year old just doesn't know better. Today the gang is in their run. I'd like to let them out, but I need a break from being harassed.
I'm in Lunenburg! I've had my share of rooster issues. I've made peace with a hormonal roo by moving him around the yard whenever I want, not letting him mate in front of me and just generally keeping him on his toes by trying to catch him. I'd be OK with a nice roo around.
My 5-year old daughter is another story. She got flogged good by a 7 month old roo. He continued to chase and scare her until she was too afraid to go outside! Then he started in on my 7 year old. He was rehomed and is a gentleman with his new family. I of course told them what he was like at our house.
We got a new batch of chicks this spring and ended up with THREE roos. One was fine with us, but BRUTAL to the hens. Another roo was great with the kids and hens, but contstantly fought with the other roos (he was also the easiest to place- so he went first). The third roo was lovely with the family, hens, dogs, cats, other roos, etc. However, he chased the heck out of my 5 year old while she was on her bike. He never made a move toward her while she was on foot, but that bike made him nuts.
Over the past few days, I noticed that my daughter was acting very afraid around the roo and he KNEW it. He started charging her and making her scream. That was IT. No more roos.... all three gone in one week. Maybe when she gets older, we'll try again.
My point is that I think that these roos pick up on body language we don't know that we're putting down. You have to be on your toes all the time and making a "statement" about being in charge (at least during this angry teenage stage). We'll stick with our docile hens for now.