- Jun 16, 2019
I have 6 chickens, 2 pullets and 1 cockerel who share an run with 4 goats. Everyone gets along well so far. Today, I was visiting everyone and had my small niece with me in the coop - as the kids love the goats and vice versa - she's 19 months. I could see the cockerel was getting feisty (he has never shown aggression thus far) as he ruffled up his neck feathers and stretched himself so he was taller than her. He was side-eyeing her like mad (as I peeled a goat poop out of her hand that she thought it was a treasure). I sensed he was going to try and peck her so I side-stepped in front of him and blocked him...my leg made contact with his body but not in a mean way. He went all crazy on me and kicked my shin with both spurs and flapped right up my body to my waist. Then he started cockadoodling louder than he ever has before. He is only 5 months old. He is huge and already mounts his flock several times a day. Am I in for a nightmare with him? What are the tricks of the trade for helping him not turn into a jerk?