I don't think I can add anything but a big fat YES to what the other 'newbies' have posted already as far as what they have learned. I've implemented every pearl of wisdom I've gleened from this thread, the FF thread, and the 'Got Flogged by a Rooster' thread. Thanks again to (I think it was) galanie or erin who posted it!!
I did want to say that because of that thread, even though my rooster is now only 11 weeks old and a perfect little loving gentleman, I have distanced myself from him (he loved to sit on my foot when my leg was crossed up), I pinned him 3-4 times in front of the hens when he came to jump up on my foot, and I've 'pecked' him GOOD when he pecks at a hen within reach of me and 'feathered' out my wings into the chicken dance as I grabbed his comb and pinned his head down. I felt horrible doing it because you could see the wounded confusion on his face but I knew that I'd made a BIG mistake and had to correct it immediately. He now looks the other way when he sees me coming and if I pick a hen up - something I make a point of doing in front of him regularly - he runs his butt up into the coop and stays there until I am done with her. We have definitely established who is top roo in this chicken shack now.
Oh, and in honor of our wonderful gal who started this whole thread and also had some excellent advice in the other ones I mentioned, I wanted to let her know this: There is now an old modified broom handle waiting in one corner of the coop under a little sign that says 'Rooster School is now in session' - I call it my 'Rooster Be-Kissed Stick'
We should market the Rooster Stick....would make a bundle on them!
Thank you all for the feedback! I really just wanted to see if anyone was seeing results after using what they learned and apparently you have...and this is worth more than all the books on the shelf at the local TSC. That you've tried these old methods and found them to be effective even in your backyard. If so many people are going to raise the chicken, then they really need to know that chickens haven't changed much since they were created....yeah, we managed to breed the good stuff out of them in many ways but they are still..in the end...just chickens.
All the newfangled info out there about this old animal is just that...new stuff that doesn't work half as well as just treating them like everyone used to do~feed, water, space, air and sunlight. Kill the poor doers for supper, keep the good ones~repeat and rinse if desired.