Barred Rocks!!!!!!!!! Why are they so mean?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greatchicken, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. greatchicken

    greatchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
    We have 8 Barred Rocks and they have such attitudes. They peck at us all the time. [​IMG] We have several other breeds and these are the only ones who do this. Does anyone else have this problem?
  2. rooster brandon.

    rooster brandon. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
    Kodak, by knoxville
    Mine do that to there always the first to run and peck me when i open the brooder.
  3. Mark & Nique

    Mark & Nique Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    Sorry for your troubles!

    Our BR is the sweetest of our small flock. If we sit in a chair in the pen area, she will hop into one's lap; if someone kneels down, she will flap onto the open shoulder.

    She has even fallen asleep in my wife's arms!
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Mean? Guess someone can breed an aggressive strain, but mine are not mean in the least. In fact, they're my favorite breed. Trust me, you got a raw deal with yours. They're not pushovers in the flock pecking order, but mine have always been quite friendly. You see my avatar, right? Sweetest rooster on the planet, very affectionate.

    I was turned off to Delawares a few years ago when I hatched out some chicks from McMurray parents who were nutso and aggressive. Sold them as soon as I could. The breeder strain I have now is super friendly, even the rooster. Delawares and Rocks are known in general for their friendly natures, but on occasion, you may find a certain line tends toward aggression, contrary to their breed reputation.
  5. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    I have a barred hen and she's a big bully to my flock when my RIR the head hen is not looking, but when she does, she puts her in her place
  6. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Are you kidding me? Hatchery, right? My BR's are the world's sweetest! They're so gentle, docile, and never mind being held. They want to be held, and will eat out of my hand. These and Delawares, both. Most friendly birds in my experience! In fact, I haven't even heard of an aggressive strain before! Where are yours from?

    If I had to pick one breed to have my whole flock of, these or Dels would be it.
  7. greatchicken

    greatchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
    Quote:They are from a McMurrey hatchery. We have 2 more that we picked up from TSC. They got their chicks from Townline hatchery. We hope they are nicer.
  8. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    My BR is super sweet but yes, she is the first to peck at things. I have never thought of it as a mean or aggressive trait, but rather that she is curious about everything. Like a toddler who has to put everything in his mouth, my BR experiences her world via how it tastes or feels to her beak. Is it possible this is what is happening with your birds too?
  9. OlyChickenGuy

    OlyChickenGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2010
    Olympia, Washington
    You can always curb the behaviour by correcting it. Each time they beck you, take your index finger and give them a big, strong poke right on their head. Usually if my chickens bite, I will pinch the back of their neck ( with other hand on their back so they can't struggle and hurt themselves ), and push their head onto the ground and hold them until they relax. This is how chickens tell other chickens "NO!" in chicken language, and it's worked to convey my dominance to my flock, and I've got two roosters and three hens! No problems from anyone in ages!! My roosters don't even crow, because they know I'm the boss and I'm keeping everyone nice and safe, and they've all got everything they would ever need ( though I am trying to find them toys because I fear my being sick the past few weeks has made them dreadfully bored ).

    Just don't EVER aim to HURT your animal. When doing this you NEVER want to make your chicken scream ( though the first few times they will just because it's a startling experience to suddenly be dominated by the person they always thought was a big push-over - this is not a painful scream, and a painful scream is MUCH different ), or scare them. Your ultimate goal is to feel the muscles in the body relax, and then release them, teaching them "if you are relaxed and calm, then you will be free and happy."
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    My Barred Rocks are from Meyer Hatchery and 2 of the 3 will hop up on my lap at the same time. One of them likes to be petted and the other likes the side of her head lightly scratched. They are real sweethearts.

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