Do Roosters Kick?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenWendy, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. ChickenWendy

    ChickenWendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My child swears that my 7 month old Black Austrolorp Rooster is "kicking" her. And I did see him go at my husband - who, in defense of my little sweet Rooster, did scare Little Jerry. But is it called "kicking". He only does this on a regular basis to my 13 year old. He never does it to anyone else - unless threatened. And can it hurt? My 13 year old comes in crying after a kicking episode and now she wont go play with the chickens anymore because of Little Jerry. I even, being the good mother that I am, mocked my 13 year old - well her tears - and asked her if "the big, bad wooster hurt her with his widdle kicks!!" She got very upset. Should I be concerned? I like this Rooster and I refuse to get rid of him. Please help me with some information on this. Thanks.
     
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    YES .......and i have a friend who has a silkie rooster who only kicks one girl that goes to her farm. He must sense her fear or something. I've walked right up to him and he is fine and he doesn't even know me.
     
  3. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I think she should have a boot on, and not to kick him....but to put her foot up in front of him and try to push back. To show that she is not afraid. I was at a home with a few silkie roos that did that and you can just push it away with your foot. Unless its a full size standard rooster....then i would just keep away from him personally [​IMG]
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Find Rooster red and look in his sig line - he has a link to info on how to handle this.

    My rooster only goes for my son - now every time we go out there we catch him and let my son hold him and handle him... it stops the jump kick stuff - but only till the next day - I figure he'll eventually get it...
    I stood next to my son last night and waited....... my son was feeding some scratch in his hand, and the rooster was happy to come get some, and a few minutes later he jumped..... as I was close I just smacked sideways with the back of my hand, I hardly hit him, but he got the message REAL fast!
    The trick is to catch em RIGHT when they do it - otherwise they won't understand...
     
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    They do kick, and it CAN hurt - many folks on here have scars on their legs from where they were spurred and kicked by a rooster...
     
  6. alexis&earl

    alexis&earl New Egg

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    Yes they can 'kick', and yes, it certainly hurts! Our Rooster, a heavy breed, full grown, purchased-as-an-adult rooster is getting meaner and meaner by the day. He has drawn blood from every family member AND neighborhood kids who visit. Yesterday he had his spurs removed (my first time doing that dirty job), and today he is low-key. But he'll probably attack me again (and everyone else) when he's feeling better. I'm afraid he's going to be our dinner soon... and I hate that but when it comes to tearing the skin off kids, I draw the line!
    Good luck with yours.
     
  7. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh yes.they kick.....and it can get nasty.....I have a HUGE buff orp roo.........hope he doesn't decide to get nasty....I am in the progress of teaching my 3 yr old granddaughter to "act tough" and throw her arms around to let him know SHE is boss........it is hilarious to watch a 3 yr old acting touch and large [​IMG]..........
     
  8. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    I try and keep my hockey stick close by. It's good for herding them in when free ranging and for Rocky who is the big bad rooster. Have something for your daughter to protect herself with. Yes, it DOES hurt. Want to see the bruises on my arm? But, if she has something, she can feel she's in control. The rooster is just worried cuz she goes in and plays with the hens. He doesn't see it as playing. Any move towards the hen, and Rocky is right there. For a young child, it's scary. Heck, my hubby is afraid of Rocky!! Please don't make fun of her...not nice to belittle her when she has real fears.
     
  9. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    in reference to making fun..........I certainly wasn't....... I hope the hockey stick works...........Emma was so scared.....and enough so to stop going to visit her chickenfriends.........I am just trying to teach her what to do....... Good luck..I hope you are sucessful !
     
  10. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    It's good okie that you are teaching your grand daughter how to take control. I bet it's funny seeing her wave her arms around and acting tough.
    I just want to set things right....I was referring to ChickenWendy on how she was making fun of her daughter for being afraid. I didn't want you to think I was getting on you for thinking it was funny how your grand daughter was protecting herself!
     

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