attacking rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by angeladare, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. angeladare

    angeladare Hatching

    Oct 21, 2014
    so this is the first time we've ever raise chickens. We have a dozen +1 rooster.they are about 6 months old today the rooster ran after me and attacked me. it turns out he also did that to our 9 year old and he threatened my husband but didn't follow through with the attack.the problem is that I didn't run away immediately because I thought that he would back down but he did not the dog had to intervene and I did have to run into the house.I have no idea what to do about it the chickens are free range and even though we coop them at night we wanted them to be able to range on our five acres however I can t be afraid to be outside of my own house help
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014
  2. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.

    Sorry, but in my humble opinion there is only one good place for any rooster that attacks people, especially small children.

    And that's the soup pot.

    - Krista
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014
  3. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    Oh, and [​IMG]

    Sorry we couldn't have met under better circumstances.

    - Krista
  4. It does sound like this rooster is going to need to be removed from your flock. Be that by you sending him to "freezer camp" or finding someone that will take him (and probably butcher him themselves) he has demonstrated that he can not be trusted to improve especially around your child. You did follow your instinct by retreating and fleeing to your home. However, that action is now and forever embedded in the roosters memory. He did and can be master over you.

    Unless you specifically wanted fertile eggs to hatch there is really no reason you need a rooster. Yes they will do a bit to protect your flock of hens but in reality they will end up dead or seriously injured in doing so and your flock will still be at risk.

    I have 22 laying hens and one rooster. I originally had two roosters (a Blue Andalusian and a Dominique). The Andalusian became more and more aggressive (I could keep him at bay but he would still circle and look for the opportunity to attack). Finally he attacked Norman, the very docile Dominique rooster with intent to kill him. Norman is now seriously crippled but he gets around and crows each morning and evening. He oversee the hens but does not even attempt to breed them. He is permanently damaged by the behavior of the Andalusian...who by the way is buried in our chicken cemetery when he belongs.

    I now have 7 three week old roosters brooding that were "packing peanuts" in another order. The, at this young age, attack me when I open their pen to give them food and water. I have determined that they are going to teach me how to butcher and dress a chicken.

    Your first priority is to protect your family, second may be to protect your chickens, you can do that without this rooster.
  5. bigmrg74

    bigmrg74 Songster

    Jan 28, 2014
    Clinton Michigan
    Yep, unless you're going to invest in a shock collar with enough juice to tase him a good one with just a press of a remote button, there's nothing that's going to convince him that he can get away with attacking you, pets, kids, and other chickens.
  6. Tamara119

    Tamara119 Songster

    Jul 14, 2012
    Bariloche, Patagonia
    I disagree, don't think that the soup pot is the answer just yet. It may be necessary, but first I'd try to show him who's boss. I have only ever had a rooster lunge at me once, and my instinct was to slug him in mid air. It worked. He became the sweetest rooster ever who would eat from my hand and even eat from the hand of little kids. He never attacked again, and I even trusted him unattended around little kids. I suggest both you and your husband need to let him run for you, and give him a good wallop when he does so. It may be enough to turn this rooster around. If the rooster doesn't show improvement after just a couple of good thumps, then off with his head.
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I'm in the soup pot camp; he attacked your child! There's no way he'll ever be safe for your nine year old. I love to have rooster(s) in my flock, but life is to short to feed jerks. I never run away; the bad boy gets chased or caught and/or carried around. Twice. Third time and he's out. Crock pot! I've got a sweet young Wyandotte cockrel, if you're near southern Michigan? Mary
  8. Thejperez

    Thejperez Songster

    Oct 7, 2014
    Off with his head is a lot to do. Think of it like This when a dog barks at you like trying to attack do you kill the dog? No (hopefully ) wack him even time he even come near you aggressively. Don't. Run or act scared they will keep doing it knowing they have that effect on you. If you do kill him it would be a fail in a way. you raised the rooster for protection and chicks (most likely ) Not for eating. If he doesnt change kill, sell or give away.
  9. red ravens

    red ravens In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2014
    Thumb of Michigan
    Hello and Welcome, Don't act so fast, i agree with Tamara. i had a 7mo. old BA rooster, he came at me once i grabbed him put my hand on his back and one a hold of his head and pend him on the ground, i held him there for a while so he couldn't move.maybe 5 mi. it was like night and day after that, he is 1yr. now and still sweet. i do think the breed makes the different's. but they can make good soup. Good Luck.
  10. The problem with you analogy is that your dog example does not address the 9 year old child that was attacked/threatened by the rooster. You may not kill the dog but would you still keep it when it was threatening to attack and harm your child? I suspect no, that you would get rid of it.

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