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Help please before this rooster becomes dinner

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lrayle, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. lrayle

    lrayle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rooster is 12 months old. But just recently he has decided to come up behind me and hit me with his wings[I guess thats what he is doing] This scares me and I go off. I would like to understand what he is doing before he becomes dinner.
     
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  2. malikaubrey17

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    he's challenging you pigeon style, or was trying to fly while you were right there.[​IMG]
     
  3. malikaubrey17

    malikaubrey17 New Egg

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    im not telling you nothing wrong experienced in raising birds, especially when it comes to fighting .
     
  4. lrayle

    lrayle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    challenging me to what cause he does it after I walk away
     
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    He is letting you know who is boss......HIM!
     
  6. MontanaDolphin

    MontanaDolphin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He flogged you from behind. He's showing you that he's the dominant being in your relationship. Nip it in the bud now before he DOES need to become dinner. Some roos can be fixed, some can't. Mine couldn't. He went to freezer camp this morning...I put up with his aggressive behavior for 3 months. I tried every way possible to change his behavior to no avail. Some roos are just aggressive...it's in their genes. It was in mine.
     
  7. lrayle

    lrayle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So thats what it was a flogging So how do I nip it
     
  8. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When he does it, turn and face him. Stomp your feet while walking at/pushing him. The idea is to make him back up and evade, which equals submission. If that isn't working then catch him and hold him. Walk around the yard for a while. Do it enough times and you will know if there is hope for him.

    There are too many nice roosters needing homes to allow a flogger to perpetuate his genes
     
  9. tatertot

    tatertot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree x2
     
  10. MontanaDolphin

    MontanaDolphin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Different people will give you different answers. I've tried quite a few suggestions...just because none worked for my roo doesn't mean it won't work for yours.

    First off...do NOT act scared. He'll know. What you need to do is show him YOU are the dominant one. Next time he gets ya...or even LOOKS like he's gonna get ya...catch him. Push him down to the ground with both hands on his back, fingertips slightly wrapped around his sides. Do NOT let him get up. After about 30 seconds to a minute...slowly begin to release the pressure on his back. If he tries to get away, push him down again. Continue the cycle until this happens: You slowly release the pressure and he doesn't move. You remove your hands completely from his back, and he's still down...belly touching the ground. When this happens, he has submitted to you. It may only take one time, it may take multiple.

    Another way to show him who's boss once you catch him: tuck him under your arm and walk around your yard. Parade him like this in front of his girls. They hate it.

    A couple tips for you:
    NEVER walk around him. If he is in your path, walk right through him. He'll move, and if he doesn't, it's because he's challenging you. That would be when you do the first thing...push him down to the ground.
    Don't pet him. Hens groom the dominant male...petting him gives the impression that you are taking the roll of one of his girls lower in the pecking order than he is.

    Now, worse comes to worse, smack him with a broom. I know lots of members here who have to walk around with a broom in their hands at all times due to aggressive roos. I wouldn't, personally, because I won't keep an aggressive roo.

    Good luck, I hope he changes his ways for you!!
     

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