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Can you tame an agressive rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dianneS, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. dianneS

    dianneS Songster

    Mar 16, 2009
    South Central PA
    I have one rooster that hates me. He's fine with my husband or anyone else, but flogs me every chance he gets. It hurts too! Even when I'm trying to feed them he attacks me. He's got an inferiority complex because he's not the dominant rooster. The dominant rooster picks on him and then he takes it out on me!

    Is there any way to get this rooster to calm down and not be so agressive? He's really getting on my nerves. My biggest fear is that some day I'll be bent over collecting eggs or something and he'll come flying in my face!
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2010

  2. agnes_day

    agnes_day Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    what i did when i had my first rooster was smack him randomly with a broom...he would go after me every time i went outside! someone on here (i think) advised just putting him in his place from time to time and it works! go up to him and shove him, or pick him up and carry him around...smack him with a broom when he acts up..he will get the picture eventually. and if he doesnt, make some soup out of him!
  3. possumqueen

    possumqueen Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina
    freezer camp! my favorite training tactic! delicious![​IMG]
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    I carry them around for a few days whail I'm working out side, the whole time stroking the birds, comb neck, feet and talking to them. works pretty good, but some of them you can't fix for me that stock pot time
  5. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    When you go out to the chickens, chase & grab him before he has a chance to come to you. Just hold him awhile. Eventually, he should calm down. Make sure you chase & catch him EVERYTIME you go out.
  6. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    You could eat him, sell him etc. When i get a aggressive rooster though I'll go out and pick them up everyday, or at least as often as i can, and just hold him no matter what he does.. Then when you put him down just ease him down and let him walk of your hands, if he attacks you again pick him back up gently and just hold him for a few minutes, you could give him treats while you hold him too.

    If you're scared of being pecked or flogged i'd wear boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt ( that isn't thin) and gloves, if he hits you don't reach and grab quick as it will just make it worse a lot of the time, or has been my experience. Another thing to consider is if he's worth taking time with or not, and that some roosters just can't be gentled down when it's a genetic issue. Remember, no sudden/fast movements or rough grabbing.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2010
  7. Chickiemama1010

    Chickiemama1010 Songster

    Jan 16, 2010

  8. Chickiemama1010

    Chickiemama1010 Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    this is gritsar's roo behavior modification page. this is the method I used.


    The links posted by taya in the previous thread link are also very helpful in understanding general behavior traits in chickens and "pecking order" etc....
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Never back off. Use protective clothing. Start by keeping him moving by just walking after him. If he stops, give him a push with your foot. Keep him moving. If he wants a drink, to eat, to mount a hen, stop him. Don't let him do anything without your permission. Keep walking after him and keep him moving. When he stops and looks at you like what's next?, lesson over for the day. Do it every day for ? Mine took a week. Then he was sweet and never aggressive after that. He needs to learn that you are an alpha roo as well. If your alpha roo can dictate what this one does and can do, then you have to be one too. I've done 2 roos with success on both. One was 12 pounds!
  10. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Tonight, when they are just starting to roost, but not actually sleeping, go out and pluck his overinflated butt off of the perch. Grab him by his feet if you have to at first. Then tuck him under your arm – with his wings trapped (one against your body the other against your arm – his butt tucked in the crook of your arm). Walk around with him like this for a bit, he should struggle/squawk/fight, wait until he calms and he will – then pet him, touch his comb and wattles. Wait for him to calm again then set him down outside of the coop. Once he is on the ground, move toward him like you are going to pick him up again – not fast but with determination. Make him move away from you.

    Tomorrow morning when you open the coop be ready and scoop him back up as he comes out of the coop. Repeat the above but set him down in the coop, making him leave your area again. Before you leave the coop, pull on your “I am totally mad at you, ready to kick your butt no matter what and I have PMS” hat on your head and walk out of the coop with an attitude. WALK toward the overinflated roo and make him skedaddle out of your way – do not let him circle around the backside of you – make him vacate the area. Just focus on him, not on anyone else who gets in your way – lock eyes with him and mean business. If you lock your eyes on him it is a direct challenge – also he cannot circle around and “get you from behind”.

    When you go out to feed or give treats, look that roo in the eye with attitude. If he moves toward you in a way you don’t like, step towards him with attitude until he turns tail and shows you respect. If you do not like how he LOOKS at a hen, move towards him and run him off (you do not have to run yourself, just walk toward him with attitude looking him in the eye – stay after him until you get the respect you deserve ). Collecting eggs, make him leave the area.

    Tonight catch him again before sleep. No need to hit or kick him.

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