HELP: New Roo...WILD MAN!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ninjapoodles, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    This is the best picture I could get of our beautiful new cockerel--he won't hold still!

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    He's a LF splash Ameraucana cockerel, and he's really, really lovely. But MAN, is he ever wild! We've got him in a hutch for quarantine purposes, and he totally freaks whenever we come near it. This morning, one of my dogs ran by, and I thought the poor bird was going to kill himself flailing against the hutch in a panic.

    What can I do to help him calm down and acclimate to people and activity? There are herbal calmatives for dogs and horses--is there anything like that for poultry?

    I really love this cockerel, and think he will make an excellent roo for us. I just want to make his transition easier.
     
  2. snowydiamonds

    snowydiamonds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hold him, talk to him and place him where he can see how your birds greet you when you walk near and into their pen.
     
  3. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Quote:Well, I can't put him near our birds yet...so what could I do during the quarantine period? Holding him is probably not an option at this point, since he panics when we get close.

    So far, I'm just approaching the hutch and stopping when he begins to get agitated, and talking to him. I'll try and get a little closer each time.
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I know that sitting near the coop and talking to them has helped get our chickens used to us. I make it a point to go out at least once a day during the week and pretty much all day on the weekends. A little obsessed here.
     
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    get a fishing net,,, nab him,, and hold and pet him while he's in the net,, then when you let him out of it,,, you'll be his hero ! [​IMG]
     
  6. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    talk to him in a soothing, calm voice. try to catch him and hold him firmly but gently. give him scraps of bread, grass, corn, etc...any treats that he likes. Does he have a favorite treat? Try hand feeding him while you hold him, and day by day, he will get used to your visits and treats and will slowly be looking foward to you! [​IMG] Give him time, and yes, i think he's a GORGEOUS boy, too! [​IMG]
     
  7. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Maybe the quarantine period can work in my favor, since I'll have him in an enclosed space, and easy access. Good point!
     
  8. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Oh, Man!! He is gorgeous!!!! I have 3 splash Ameraucana's that are 5 weeks old and I can't tell for sure yet what they are. I am really hoping for 1 roo & 2 pullets!! Congratulations on your beautiful new boy!!
     
  9. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Thanks! He came from Cree Farms, and I'm really happy to have him. He has a GORGEOUS head, so hopefully he'll let me photograph it soon! [​IMG]
     

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