My newly acquired Blue Orpington rooster needed a behavior modification lesson yesterday. He just wasn't going for the sweet talking and treats, and kept attacking us through the fence. So I decided to tackle the bird by the feathers, so to speak, and went into the run, and avoiding his attacks, I cornered him and grabbed. In the flurry of feathers, his claws or spur ( don't know which) scraped my index finger open at the base. Not much blood and not very large, so I continued with tucking him under my arm and petting his raised hackles. My free, slightly bloody hand may have tightened around his hefty neck -- just a wee bit-- as I calmly mentioned stew pots and unruly roosters. His girls continued to scratch around me as I held him for about 10 minutes, continuing the calm but firm voice. I finally put him down quietly and he scooted off behind the coop! I won Then I thought I really should deal with the boo-boo since I had noticed his feet were not the cleanest items I had seen. My finger wound was only 2 layers deep and didn't bleed much at all, I cleaned, antibioticed, and bandaged it. I noticed it was feeling stiff and sore along the joints as the day progressed. This morning I thought I detected swelling and called the doc. By this afternoon there was redness. On the bright side, I am on oral antibiotic and doc says inflammation that comes on quickly has better recovery rates than inflammation that surfaces a week later. Also got my tetanus update And Mr. Blue avoids me when I go in the pen I assume he will challenge me again and we shall have to repeat the capture. I will find the leather gloves to wear first! Also, we WILL dremel his spurs. They are small but VERY sharp. Anyway, please watch carefully any rooster piercings! I was amazed at how quickly I felt the inflammatory stiffness building in my finger. I'd had rooster attacks in the legs before and they healed quickly. This was totally different and didn't seem any larger!