aggresive blue orpington rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Work4life5572, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. Work4life5572

    Work4life5572 Out Of The Brooder

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    hello,i have a 28 week blue orphington rooster that's just now starting to get aggressive with me.he has always been been very aggressive with breeding the hens but has never showed any aggressive toward me in any way until a couple of days ago I think I may have got in between him and some of the hens when he jumped me.i read you should pick them up and carry them from time to time and that's what I do,i also give him treats and let him eat out of my hand.but when I see him start his little dance I give him some space I don't run from him and I don't fight him I just try to respect his space.is their something else I should be doing and is that normal to be aggressive towards the hens?i might add he is more aggressive with the hens that are not of his breed.
     
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  2. howfunkyisurchicken

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    No, none of that is normal rooster behavior. He should be doting on his girls and treating them like queens, regardless of their breed.
    In my opinion, that type of behavior is the result of bad breeding and there's only one acceptable place for him to be at this point. And that's in a stew pot.
    Good luck.
     
  3. littlesparrow11

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    I agree, sorry :(

    If you're not ready to give up on him you could try spraying him with water when he comes after you. I've also read that you shouldn't let him breed the hens when you're present (so he knows you're the boss)
    We tried all sorts of things like that with our barred rock rooster, unfortunately none of them helped and off to freezer camp he went. What I really couldn't get past was the poor bare-backed beat-up hens... not acceptable.
     
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  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    You are encouraging him to be aggressive! You should not give him room to show him you respect him. He should be giving YOU room to show respect.

    You need to teach him to move out of your way EVERY TIME. Start by getting a water bottle that shoots a pretty good stream of water 6 to 8 feet. When you are in the chicken coop ANY time he looks at you, squirt him in the face. EVERY time he moves toward you, squirt him in the face. If he crows while you are in the coop, squirt him. If he breeds a hen while you are in the coop, push him off and squirt him in the face.
     
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  5. Work4life5572

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    Thanks for the info,I may just keep him until our fair comes in to town my son was going to show him there.i will try and move the hens that he is aggressive with in a seperate pen.
     
  6. Vista Winds

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    Hi,
    I'm curious how you resolve this issue. I had an absolutely, beautiful blue Orpinton roo. His head came up to my waist, I'm a little over 5 ft tall, or short if you prefer!!
    I was excited to have him in my Back Yard flock, and visions of super blue and lavendar Oprs danced in my head. Until he decided to come after me. He and I went around and around. Round 1, round 2 on and on. I swear if anyone had seen him and I "getting" into it, they would have called the police. I read lots of post on this site. I tried it all. He refused to "yield". As much as I loved him for his size and color, not being able to be in my own yard was not a trade off I was willing to make. I called my rooster lady. She almost fainted when she saw how big he was. I had warned her to bring a big box, luckily she did. Of note, I later was blessed with a wonderful lavender Orp roo. Super nice, would eat out of my hand, follow me around, let me pet him. He was as big as the blue had been. Unfortunately the neighbors coyote came in the yard and killed him. He was so docile, he didn't even run for cover with the hens. Good luck with your issue.
     
  7. Work4life5572

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    so sad my blue roo will never make the county fair as we was in hope for.he chased my son down in the yard and that is something I'm not about to tolerate so he now has took up residence in our freezer.
     
  8. Vista Winds

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    I'm so sorry he decided to expand his aggression to your son. My condolence.

    I do have a "chick" friend who has a nice blue Orp roo. The sire to my "killer" bird. I suppose it is just luck of the draw the we both had aggressive roo's.

    My resident roo, a dark Bramha, is a fabulous chicken. He takes care of his girls, I always smile when I see him calling them over to see what he has found for them.
    He comes when I call him, he calmly walks around me, I feel blessed to have him. He does suck at protecting his girls from the coyote, but his docile nature more than makes up for his lack of protective services :) I keep telling myself that's why I have two big dogs, but **** if that coyote isn't the best at sneaking into my yard on tiptoe's, she never makes a sound. I digress, find yourself a nice blue Orp roo. I think you just have to keep trying out roo's until the right one comes along.

    One more story. The first roo I had, a buff Orp. Again, huge. Initially took on my old English Cocker Spaniel. The Cocker had none of that and rolled him across the yard like he was a ball. The roo backed off. Two weeks later he decided I was fair game after I picked up one of his girls to remove some dried poop from her feathers. After that it was game on. He too went to my rooster lady.

    Question- I had been told Blue and Lavender Orps couldn't be shown as the color isn't recognized? Or is it just the Lavender?
    thanks-
     
  9. Work4life5572

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    I think the only colos recognized is blue,black,and buff.
     
  10. AmericanMom

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    It cannot be stressed enough, roosters are NOT pets. Those sweet little birds who like to be cuddled will turn on a dime once they reach sexual maturity.
    Never start hand feeding, never try to befriend. Some on here will disagree but many more will agree.
     

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