Handling Chickens Around Protective Cockerel

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Aunt Angus, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    Hi, again. My little 5 month old cockerel is shaping up to be a good roo so far (knock on wood). He's protective and hasn't shown any human aggression other than a few times first thing in the morning, but that behavior has ended.

    Well, a new problem has arisen. If I need to handle any of my hens, he gets awfully upset. He doesn't attack or anything, but he crows and calls to them frantically, running around the yard. I've got a girl who needs her nails trimmed, otherwise I'd just wait until he's asleep, but I need daylight to see what I'm doing.

    Any advice?
     
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  2. trumpeting_angel

    trumpeting_angel Free Ranging

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    Take her into a porch or mud room and turn on strong lights?

    (I have no expertise in roosters, so...)
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    I think that I would wait until evening and take her inside to trim her nails. Minimizing his protective instinct at this point where his hormones are a bit nuts is a good idea.
     
  4. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    Yes. They are a bit nuts.
     
  5. Aunt Angus

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    @sourland Will he ever calm down enough for me to handle the flock? I know he's bonkers now, but is there a way I can get him to trust me a bit more?
     
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  6. Folly's place

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    Try sourland's approach, and see if he does settle down a bit. If he decides that it's time to go into attack mode, you can either plan to work around him, or move on to a cockerel who shows more sense.
    I prefer to handle my birds at night when they are roosting, because I don't try to make any of them into hand held pets. If I do have to handle birds during the day, that's life, and no rooster here challenges me.
    Mary
     
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  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    One of my boys may wander over to see what's going on, but that's it. No challenge towards me, ever.
    Mary
     
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  8. Pigpye

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    Why does the hen require a nail trim?
     
  9. sourland

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    Sometimes as they mature they stop the teen aged shenanigans so there is hope for him.
     
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  10. Pigpye

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    They should wear down naturally
     

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