Did my rooster just become dinner?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FloridaFarmGuy, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. FloridaFarmGuy

    FloridaFarmGuy Out Of The Brooder

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    I've had my rooster for several months now. He is a white rock and fairly large (9lbs estimation). He used to be really cool. I could practically pet him and he was never aggressive. This past weekend we had a birthday party and I guess 40 kids and adults might have freaked him out. He bit two people.
    I thought at first it was simply because they were strangers, but now he has taken to attacking my wife and kids. My kids run fast enough to get away from the waddling fat little sucker but my wife is freaked out. I have to smack a pvc pipe on the ground and he will stay away from her (maybe cause he knows I will smack him)
    He doesn't back down with a good whack though.. honestly he's just plain mean now.

    It's been a couple days since the party. Is there any hope of him calming down eventually? I don't mind killing/eating him... but my wife and kids are kinda attached... even with his meanness.

    I just don't want the hassle of escorting my wife to the car during the day when he is free ranging.
     
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roosters normally become dominant with age. Some are not controllable, based upon what I read here. I have a barred rock rooster who is dominant but manageable. I walk up to him and keep walking making him back up. He doesn't bother me. The grandchildren, on the other hand, back up and run. I try to explain to them that acting submissive, makes them inferior.

    Some hold the rooster down to the ground to make him submit to humans. Some pick him up and carry him around to make him submissive.

    If your family members are attached to him, working to make him submissive is something they will have to do. Otherwise, penning him, rehoming him, or freezer camp are the options.

    If he is a problem at times, tossing a handful of treats to distract him might work.

    Chris
     

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