He's still the boss.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Shadrach, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Shadrach

    Shadrach Crowing

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    I’ve read a lot of posts here and elsewhere about aggressive cocks and cockerels.
    Rather sadly in my opinion, I’ve read a lot of responses along the lines of show him who’s boss.
    My view is, if you want to be the boss then you need to be able to do what the boss does.

    Can you fertilise the eggs of five hens each day?
    Will you be there every day and every night?
    Will you escort the hens to and from their nesting and egg laying sites?
    What about giving them the best bits of your dinner?
    Can you get the hens to follow you?
    Are you prepared to die for them?
    Of course, you won’t get bored and wander off when they have a long dust bath.
    Are you going to dig for treats and give them to the hens?
    How about breaking up their fights?
    Can you see that hawk in the trees?
    What about that weasel over there in the bushes?
    Can you get the hens to accept you as boss?

    Yes I know you can kill the cock….

    He’s still the boss, he’s just the dead boss.
     
  2. Backyard Bruce

    Backyard Bruce Songster

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    I read on here some time ago that we as keepers should try and NOT be part of the flock but rather be outsiders that help support the flock...We're not chickens so we can not act as or replace chickens.

    Makes sense to me anyway.
     
  3. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    Agreed , I am not a chicken .
    He’s NOT my boss
    I am woman hear me roar
    and if my little 8 inch silkie rooster wants a part of me?

    Bring it on , I’m ready !! I’m bruised from him biting me, but none the less ready
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    The flock 'boss' is not the same as the keeper 'boss'.

    Yes, many folks are oblivious about animal behavior/society and thus confused about their part in communing with it.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    'Keeper' Boss is far removed from 'flock' Boss. That being said I am bigger and will have the final word or is that meal.
     
  6. Shadrach

    Shadrach Crowing

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    I see myself as the emergency services and welfare services rolled into one.
    I'm not really interested in being a boss.
    If I could just keep roosters I probably would.
     
  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    Personally, I think where people get into trouble, is the first flock people, who are fascinated with this new hobby. They are especially intrigued with the bird that approaches them, seems friendly. They are usually very kind people and would no more walk through a rooster than they would a toddler.. There are no older birds in the flock to teach the rooster appropriate manners in chicken society, and often time one gets a darling that turns into a nightmare. Especially in very small flocks, and small coops.

    At that point, comes the advice of show them whose boss, I agree in that unless you are living with them like an older chicken is, you are not going to make much training. Some birds are jerks no matter what the circumstances.
     
  8. Shadrach

    Shadrach Crowing

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    A bit like people then....
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    But eating people is frowned upon ------------
     
  10. Shadrach

    Shadrach Crowing

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    Hmmm, I think I could get used to it...:p
     

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