Well, y'all know me as someone who doesn't do the Freezer Camp routine with my roosters unless it was absolutely necessary. I love my birds, but I don't love "on" them beyond hand-feeding treats once a day. If some don't make it to the traditional spot where I sit in the afternoons to offer BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds), they miss out. I do scatter some for the less brave birds.
I say this to try to describe the dichotomy that is my affection for poultry. I love them but don't love "on" them. If a chicken wants to sit on my leg, or the arm or back of a chair or bench next to me, I appreciate it. But I don't pick them up and carry them around unless I am training a cockerel or rooster to respect my authority. This is only necessary if he has challenged me. Otherwise, they stay on the ground.
Kicking at a rooster is a challenge; connecting does not solve the problem even though it may get talons away from you in a knee-jerk reaction.
I walk with purpose towards and "through" a cockerel or rooster challenging me. I will walk him backwards until he turns away from facing me, then I just continue forward as if that was my intended direction. I have held and pushed a rooster to the ground, holding him down until he stops struggling (gives up) and I have carried roosters around for a while for the same reason.
My dominant rooster Carl knows this drill and HE has been a great help in kicking the butts of young cockerels foolish enough to challenge me.
Chasing - that is, at speed with the chicken leading and facing away from you, will not make it respect you OR "gentle" a "mean" rooster. Kicking out at one invites challenges.
I have had ONE truly mean cockerel. He met his fate after he injured hens and tried to kill a beloved non-dominant rooster even after that rooster was cornered and obviously no longer fighting.
Almost every other rooster I've had in my flock has been obnoxious during adolescence. It's just the hormones. They did settle down. It took some management, but all but that one afore-mentioned cockerel was redeemable - mostly because I understand testosterone overload is not permanent and sometimes a rooster is just doing what he's supposed to be doing: protecting hens & his flock. Carl has run at me and flared his neck feathers when he heard a hen squawk as I pick her up to put her out of my garden. He has never flogged me, nor has he let other roosters challenge me, much less flog me.
Of course, your mileage may vary. Just don't think kicking at a rooster will teach him anything constructive. It won't. Chicken brains don't work that way.
this is how I am..... I dont handle my birds though. Nor do I feed treats unless I need to get them back in the pen. I have caught on occasion and hung by the feet for a while..... LOL.
The other thing I do is I have at least four to five roosters at one time. ONE is usally the dominant one and he will Manage the others keep them in line and the bachelors will help set up guardian parimeters when the hens are out in the yard.... Of course the bachelors get a shot in occasionally on a hen and if they get caught the dominant roo will Thump em if he can catch em.
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson