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Cockerel keeps attacking me!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lady Chickadee, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. Lady Chickadee

    Lady Chickadee Rocky Top Silkies

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    I have three cockerels, we were gonna get rid of some of them but we just decided to get some more hens eventually. They are all 14 weeks old.Every time I go out to the coop the biggest of them comes at me and bites me where ever he can get, which is usually my legs and sometimes my hands. He leaves marks every time. I am really getting tired of him doing this and I have decided that I'm either going to find out how to break him of doing this or I'm going to cull him. I am trying to be top rooster like I've read to do but it doesn't seem to be working and hes just getting worse every day. I know hes just trying to protect the hens but its just getting to be to much.

    Thanks,
    Lady Chickadee
     
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2011
  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you have 3? So do I, one has taken over as dominant roo...crows at me all the time, I tell him while I am there he is not in charge...lol., like he gets it huh? So far no issues with him, the other 2 do not crow, haven't heard them since he "took over"...if you have 3 and plan on getting rid of one, why not him? You can try "time out", put him in a different location....

    there is also a link:
    http://chickenlytle.blogspot.com/2011/01/handling-rooster-aggression.html

    you can try any of these suggestions...good luck, personally if my rooster made me skittish about going out and enjoying the rest of the flock, he would be #1 to go...
     
  3. Lady Chickadee

    Lady Chickadee Rocky Top Silkies

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    Okay, thanks and I'll try some things before getting rid of him and I'll see if they work. Thanks,again! lol
     
  4. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

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    Once in awhile this happens to one of mine, some are fixable. You have to show him who is boss, when he comes toward you kick him, not too hard as to hurt him but more like you are throwing him with your foot. Keep doing this for a few days and he may stop. Also you could try to kneel down and every time he charges you push him back hard, he will keep coming but just keep pushing him back. He will stop after a few minutes.
     
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    did we mention, long sleeves and leather gloves!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you only have 6 hens you need to get rid of some of the males or you will soon have other problems in the flock like fighting and overmated hens. Sound like one is just saying pick me, pick me first!
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    With 6 hens, 3 roosters is 2 too many. Get rid of the most aggressive and monitor the other two. When/if one of them becomes aggressive, relocate him. There are "good" roosters available. There is no reason to tolerate human aggressive roosters.
     
  8. Theapplechicks

    Theapplechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:unless you have them all seperated into pair as some do... you have way to many! Get rid of him. He probably won't get any better only worse. I had one that would draw blood on my feet and legs! He was evil he would just sit and wait for you to walk out the door to come get you!
     
  9. PineLaneFarms

    PineLaneFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    had to find a new home for mine yesterday after he jumped on my son. really wanted to shoot him on the spot but with alot of help from the members i decided to take him back to my grandfathers and trade him for another one thats a little smaller to watch over the girls
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I had one cockerel who came after me. I gave him a boot but he kept it up so then I really booted him clear across the yard and he never bothered me again. Not to say that would work for anyone else.

    I have one boy that is in love with me. He picks twigs and things up off of the ground and brings them over to me and lays them on the ground in front of me then does a little dance. He also moon walks.
     

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