Originally Posted by WVduckchick
So you ladies need to teach me how to handle my big Brahma rooster. He's intimidating! Last weekend, he took a step toward me, like he was gonna come at me, but stopped. He's got huge spurs, and I look down at my bare legs and think oh no! But he backed off. Later in the run, while filling feeders, he pecked my leg, so I backed him into the corner. He took off under the coop. Yesterday he stepped toward me again, just kinda felt threatening, but I don't really know what he's doing. He just stared at me!
I think he's just protecting the girls, but he scares me a little too. I've seen what he does to the other rooster! I know I have to stand my ground if he gets defensive with me, but I'm not even really sure what he is doing, because he has never been that way.
The only times I've ever touched this bird were when I had to move him in the dark. He's not hand friendly, but has never been viscous either. He's a great flock protector.
I have a big Brahma Cross rooster. He will chase off or attack any threats to his flock, from possum to sparrows to mice to tom turkeys (he's not that bright). But he has never, ever, been human aggressive. I won't stand for it. When I grab hens to cull and they flap and squawk upside down, he will run over with a deep, throaty "wuk wuk wuk" to see what is going on and you can see in his eye that instinct tells him to protect his girls. But I spread my "wings" and step toward him and he foxtrots to a safe distance to observe.
Every day I have to go down to his eye level while I gather eggs from under the catwalk between the coops, and he maintains that respectful distance.
I've never had to be rough with him, I simply don't let a bird intimidate me. Walking into a room with 35 hormone filled jake turkeys will make you learn confidence if you don't already have it.
My Narri toms, if put in the same pen, will strut around until the roo attacks. Turkeys will simply pin his head to the floor until he gives them space. I am sure that would work if people did it too, just as it does with dogs.