2 month old EE roo has begun to bite when picked up...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by susanah, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. susanah

    susanah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have an EE roo that was supposed to be a hen. He has been sweet and fun but has now begun to bite when picked up. Is this typical of a rooster, or is he just going to be a bad one? Would anyone want this roo, or am I going to have difficulty rehoming him because of this?
     
  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    He is probably beginning to feel his hormones and his oats...ie becoming dominant over his flock, and you are seen as an intruder.

    Roosters are notorious for being snippy and some will attack you. It is part of the protector of the flock role they play.

    You can try to discourage him and/or put him down and not pet him as he is not seeing himself as a pet.

    If he becomes too aggressive, you will have to re-home him. If he attacks everything in sight, he might be hard to place. However, if he simply protects his flock and just doesn't want to be messed with, but not the pet you want, he will make a fine addition to someone in more of a farm-like setting that would like a rooster to protect their flock.

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    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013
  3. susanah

    susanah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! We didn't want a rooster in the first place and I have children so I will want to rehome him. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't giving someone a mean rooster. We have a bantam rooster and he doesn't mind being picked up most of the time and has never bitten or fought us, but then again he's probably not the best protector either. :)
     

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