Charles is getting above his station!!! Starting to go for us...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Godiva, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    How do I nip his aggressive behaviour in the bud? He is in a chicken tractor with 3 hens, he has suddenly started to fluff his feathers up and run at us, when I retaliate and go for him to chase him around and try to show him who is boss he tries to get me with his spurs. Just in the last day or two I have taken to keeping a long stick with me and then I chase him around the tractor with that until he backs off and stops going for me. His spurs are not sharp yet, he is only 9 months old and is gorgeous... but I don't want to have to be nervous every time I go to do their feed or collect eggs. Ideas anyone - I would like to try some behaviour modification before I send him heavenward... and how do you prevent this in future roos. He has always been a very laid back roo but I have noticed that he will spur the side of the tractor everytime the kids are near it, fortunately there is no way he can get to them. But I am working with him probably at least a couple times a day and don't like the attitude change.
  2. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i have never heard of someone fixing that problem. good luck
  3. Oh boy, another rooster being naughty to the hands that feed him. Youd think they would behave!
    Have you been spurred yet? not by this little man but by any others?
    Ill warn you, if he gets you badly enough you wont hesitate to grab the axe.
    If he gets your children youll do it with your bare hands!!!
    No theres lots of threads here so there will be lots of advice for you, so many things to try. Lucky you are in winter now so he doesnt spur your bare ankle!!
    Im sorry, i got so angry with mine I walloped him with my foot and it just made him angrier!!I dont have the patience, i rehome them.
    I find if I raise them from chicks, even under their mum they are better behaved, however if I have bought one as a grown roo, they get nasty.
    Im about to go to sleep, its nearly 1am, i may think of some hints tommorrow!
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I hear you can over do them with love and affection by carrying them around and such while you are out there, but that doesn't fix their problem with humans as a whole. The best all around fix is to replace him...
  5. Spray bottle? Meditation? I vote for coq au vin b/c I just can't see taking a chance like that....but we have a frequently visiting neighbor w/ a toddler so no way could we have an aggressive bird around.

    But then again, you didn't post a pic of how gorgeous this guy is. Wait, nah, looks shouldn't count for that much!
  6. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    Carry a broom with you and swat his but when ever you are out. You have to make sure he knows you are the boss. If the broom doesn't work take him and push him to the ground and don't let up till he settle. Ever seen the dog whisperer?
  7. fivebigreds

    fivebigreds Songster

    Sep 9, 2007
    middle Tennessee
  8. edster951

    edster951 Songster


    I started doing this chicks are 5 weks old and I can see who the boys are. When I go over to feed them, I pat the boys sideways for about a minte while the girls eat.

    One of the girls has been pecking the chicks, and I've been letting her do it so they sort out a pecking order, however today I "patted" her back when I saw her do it.

    When they had all finished eating I then left the run.

    My first job when go over now is to pat the boys away for the first minute.

    Also if I see the boys stand up to each other I run over to them.

    Lets see what happens in the years to come.

    edited: also I'll teach the kids the same thing as well...pat the boys away first of all
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2007
  9. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I don't even have a roo, but I found that article to be very educational. I plan on getting a roo, so now I know what to do.
  10. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    From the beginning once you know who the boys are... I have made sure that the ladies eat first without disturbance from the men. I make sure the men are outside the pen and I stand watch to make sure they don't sneak in. I've not had a problem with my roos because of this. They know I'm the head roo.Hopefully this will stick for the longrun.

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