Can the color red incite a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by susanah, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. susanah

    susanah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our 3 yr old bantam rooster has begun trying to spur me sometimes when I put the chickens up in their run. They follow me in as I carry paper plates with food on them. My daughter wondered if it could be the red pajama pants that I wear quite a bit. Is this possible? Or is it more likely something else. He has gotten underfoot a couple times and may have been accidentally kicked as well. Any suggestions what to do about it? It is winter so I am in long pants so it doesn't do any damage, but shorts weather is coming...
     
  2. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a rooster now that's sweet as can be but have had roosters that started trying to spur when they hit maturity. If your worried about getting hurt, you can always put wire nuts on his spurs....we've done it and it works great! Just catch him on the roost so he's not trying to get you while your trying to catch him. As for the pants.....I've never heard of that. They will go after red sometimes if they've tasted blood but I think it's more him being protective than that. We use a red light in our coop, supposedly it keeps them from pecking at anything that looks different since everything is now red. So far it's worked!
     
  3. susanah

    susanah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you explain what a wire nut is and how you put it on his spurs? Forgive my ignorance. :)
     
  4. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A wire nut is what you would put on the end of two or more wires you connected together. You just twist it onto his spurs carefully holding at the base as to not twist off the spur. You could also just remove them which isn't painful but he will need a little healing time away from your other chickens.
     
  5. susanah

    susanah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for a great idea! I asked my husband about them and he said we already have some here!
     
  6. Crysta

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    Hello!
    My rooster was very friendly when he was young but when he hit maturity he started pecking at my feet, he didn't have spurs at the time. I've read and article where it explained that to fix the aggression the problem toward you is by holding him every time you were around the area for 5-10 minutes. I held my rooster while I was doing chores like refilling the water and feed. When I first did this, my rooster would struggle to get away but eventually gave in, after a week or two of holding him when I was around he stopped attacking my feet when I approached the flock, and I eventually stopped picking him up every day. Every once and a while I would need to hold him for a reminder but he became more friendly again. It worked for me maybe you could give it a try!
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