At What Age Does a Roo Become Aggressive?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sunnychooks, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been reading with interest several posts regarding aggressive roosters. I have 37 chickens, 2 being roosters. I've owned chickens for years, but this is my first experience with roosters. They are going on 10 months and I have not seen any indication that they are becoming aggressive.
    Is there an age on onset where you can see if a rooster will become aggressive? When my chickens see me they always follow me and sometimes I get a bit nervous because the boys are always in the front directly behind me. I have turned around and started to chasing them or hovered over them making low growly noises (okay... you can stop laughing now), and they seem to be a little bit leary of me (maybe they just think I'm nuts), but I still wonder if I should be concerned.
     
  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All animals are different and one cannot predict or give a time line on their temperament. None of my roos have gotten aggressive yet. My oldest is 1 year 6 months.
     
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  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Anything at any time can turn a rooster (or any animal for that matter) to aggression. You can't predict it.
     
  4. macnugget

    macnugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well I would say it depends on the breed and the roo.[​IMG] I have 2 roo who are nice and I haven't had a problem with them. I did have a rir that was aggressive toward the kids and a partridge roo who was aggressive but we just eat them and hasn't been a problem since. javascript:insert_text('[​IMG]',%20''); They think your the main rooster maybe thats why you haven't had a problem

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  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Not all roosters get aggressive. It's an individual thing. Think about what you see on a playground. You have the little boys that are content to sit and watch the others play and the ones that always mix in the middle and play well with others. Then you have the bullies; the ones that are running around biting and hitting on everything and everyone. Those are your aggressive roos.
     
  6. weloveourchicks

    weloveourchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 5 Roosters and all are like big babies except one and he is 9 months old and started to get aggressive about 1 month ago. I hope we can get him under control because he's so pretty but if he continues we'll get rid of him [​IMG]

    If the other roosters see him coming towards me they will get inbetween the two of us as to protect me!! Or maybe they are trying to protect him because they know I'll "whack" him good!!
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  7. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies. I guess my best defense is a good offense! I'll continue to keep an eye out for anything that can be considered the beginning of any type of aggression and I'll keep growling at them! [​IMG]
     

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