Cockerel vs. hound

HopeSprings

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So Buzz the Plott hound and Teddy Roostervelt started off okay, no issues, as in the photo. But in the last couple of days, TR has been attacking Buzz! Poor Buzz is afraid of the little booger! I’m wondering if there’s any way to train Teddy to leave Buzz alone ...?
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So you gave this little rooster a very big name, and he's living up to it!
You won't train him to leave Buzz alone, just let the dog avoid him. Teddy might get really crazy and decide he can take on any dog, which won't go well, or Buzz might get fed up and take care of Teddy. Either outcome won't be what you want!
If Teddy becomes human aggressive, that's a whole different problem. Hope not!
Mary
 

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So you gave this little rooster a very big name, and he's living up to it!
You won't train him to leave Buzz alone, just let the dog avoid him. Teddy might get really crazy and decide he can take on any dog, which won't go well, or Buzz might get fed up and take care of Teddy. Either outcome won't be what you want!
If Teddy becomes human aggressive, that's a whole different problem. Hope not!
Mary

“Human aggressive” confuses me. (I am a chicken newbie(. 2 times this year our Rooster - Pat thought I was walking too close to his girls and he “ran into me”. I was lacking “situational awareness” the first time (May) and really thought he just ran into me.. he is pretty but not very smart. But, later I took off my jeans and had pretty nice puncture mark. This past weekend almost the and thing happened. No situational awareness, Pat ran into me, no blood this time.
I normally watch him and his posturing when I am outside. Is he being human aggressive, or just overprotective of us girls?? I am a little chicken of this chicken..
 

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You are the giant who brings food, and shouldn't be a target at any time! Do wear shoes or boots and jeans out there, so if he's attacking (seems like it to me) your injuries will be less severe.
He's aware of your fear, not a good thing. Carry a weapon of some sort, like a broom or even the feed bucket, and walk 'through' him, and make him respect your space, every day. you aren't chasing him, you just happen to be going where he happens to be, and he's got to move away.
Mary
 
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I❤️ChickenMath

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“Human aggressive” confuses me. (I am a chicken newbie(. 2 times this year our Rooster - Pat thought I was walking too close to his girls and he “ran into me”. I was lacking “situational awareness” the first time (May) and really thought he just ran into me.. he is pretty but not very smart. But, later I took off my jeans and had pretty nice puncture mark. This past weekend almost the and thing happened. No situational awareness, Pat ran into me, no blood this time.
I normally watch him and his posturing when I am outside. Is he being human aggressive, or just overprotective of us girls?? I am a little chicken of this chicken..

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You are the giant who brings food, and shouldn't be a target at any time! Do wear shoes or boots and jeans out there, so if he's attacking (seems like it to me) your injuries will be less severe.
He's aware of your fear, not a good thing. Carry a weapon of some sort, like a broom or even the feed bucket, and walk 'through' him, and make him respect your space, every day. you aren't chasing him, you just happen to be going where he happens to be, and he's got to move away.
Mary

Thank you! I think I could be more decisive if it was rooster vs dog than rooster vs me.
What is frustrating is the 2 times he did it were the 2 times my mind was occupied with life, not rooster. If I am paying attention, he doesn’t do it. In larger cities they warn women stay off phone and be aware of their surrounding to prevent muggings, etc. I feel like I have been stalked and mugged twice by a hoodlum rooster! Ugh.
 

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There are genetics involved in this set of behaviors. The fighting game bird folks have bred their roosters to be insanely eager to fight each other, and to be very human friendly and polite. This shows that the behaviors are 'wired' somewhat differently in chickens, and selecting breeding stock away from human aggression pays off!
Good flock protectors aren't stalking the giants who bring food, or horses, or pink elephants, they are watching for actual risks, like raptors and ground predators, sounding the alarm, and treating their hens nicely.
Mary
 

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