Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    this is how I am..... I dont handle my birds though. Nor do I feed treats unless I need to get them back in the pen. I have caught on occasion and hung by the feet for a while..... LOL.

    The other thing I do is I have at least four to five roosters at one time. ONE is usally the dominant one and he will Manage the others keep them in line and the bachelors will help set up guardian parimeters when the hens are out in the yard.... Of course the bachelors get a shot in occasionally on a hen and if they get caught the dominant roo will Thump em if he can catch em.

  2. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Deb - That made me laugh out loud! I had two roosters last year, an old (>5 years) EE alpha and a strapping young BCM cockerel. They did a wonderful job of "seeing to" the girls. They both watched and both would sound the alarm and all the hens would respond to either. The EE roo would occasionally slam into the young one to remind him who was boss, but it never lasted beyond on hit and maybe a beak full of feathers. Both of them were taken by a coyote in early spring this year. The funny thing is , I expected most of the eggs from that flock to hatch out half EE chicks, and in fact, most of the babies were the BMC's. That sneaky bugger........
  3. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2013
    Thanks for the advice all.

    I have a lot to learn about chicken-rearing, lol. Honestly, kicking at Bob was kind of a last resort. Hubby said, "You need to show that bird who's boss and if you don't, he'll always dominate you." I wouldn't otherwise kick at or try to intimidate any of them. Ironically, Bob does NOT attempt to peck at my

    I'm going to take the next two weeks and see if I can't use some of these techniques to help Bob learn to respect authority. Otherwise, he'll be heading off with the other roos for the freezer!
  4. tcmstalcup

    tcmstalcup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    I'm all for freezer camp over reforming. To many easy Roos around to tolerate a bad one. I also have small children visit frequently and do not want them to be fearful or in any danger. I know I'm a hard hiney on this issue
  5. Jucknath

    Jucknath Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2012
    great advice on the rooster control
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    Its important to be the alpha in all flocks / packs.

    We lost 2 quail yesterday. Nothing like the 5-10 per day earlier. Hopefully this will be just the weakest ones and the remainder will survive. If not - there will be quail eggs on the manifest for the dept of agriculture in late November.
  7. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2013
    Well the husband (who thinks this whole thing is absolutely hilarious) accompanied me to the chicken house this afternoon to "teach Bob a lesson" on who's boss. He made me pick him up by his feet, which I think is terrible. So I'm sitting here teaching Bob a lesson when one of the other roos snuck up behind me and pecked at my rear end!!! Well don't you know, my husband just thought this was the funniest thing EVER!

    So Bob is now giving me a wide berth. But we'll see how he REALLY feels about me in the morning when I let them out of the coop for the day. That's usually when he's the most aggressive towards me.
  8. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    In the morning, open the gate and immediately go to him to pick him up. Grab him and hold him by the legs again, for a bit, then you can turn him right side up and tuck him under your arm like a football. I usually point their heads toward the rear so they don't think they are part of what I'm doing. Carry him while you go about your chores then put him down when you are ready to leave. If you can't catch him, make another attempt when ever he gets close to you.

    Or... you can try the move that Renee Zellweger pulled in Cold Mountain. "I just dispise a mean rooster (twist, pop, drop) Let's put him in a pot!"
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I personally have a low tolerance for nasty roos. When we were kids we had a great example of one. He would constantly attack my sister. He ended up in the pot.

    I stand up to them and walk through them. I will hold them down - as I have done with disobedient dogs to show I am in charge but I don't give it a lot of effort. I dont want to breed nasty roos when there are nice ones. The mean ones go in the pot.

    Apart from the quail dramas its been a quiet week. All the chicks and keets are doing well. The brooder lights will go off during the day this week and then off all together the following week.

    With the incubator taking a break and the brooder lights off, we should get a nice low electricity bill.

    The Mid June hatch chicks are 16 weeks old now, I expect eggs from the early layers - RIR and Barred Rocks to start laying over the next 4-6 weeks. By the time I get there for Thanksgiving we should have quite the production going,
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  10. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2012
    Claypool, Arizona
    Yes there are plenty of nice boys out there. I do work with them a bit when they first get hormonal but if they don't settle down pretty quick then it's off to the pot. I have noticed in butchering that the meaner the boy the bigger the testes. So I think sometimes it's a matter of testosterone overload.

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