Hey cockerel, don't hump my arm!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Trish1974, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

    Mar 16, 2016
    North Central IN
    My Coop
    PLEASE let's not turn this into a typical rooster thread! I am not going to cull him or stop handling him, as he is (so far) the closest thing to a show prospect I have hatched this year.

    MJ is a 10 week old Araucana cockerel that was incubator hatched and hand raised. He has nice tufts, beautiful dark legs and so far his body type is spot on. IF I can get over my fear of diseases I would like to show him. Therefore I have been handling him as much as I can. I try to get in 2-3 handling sessions a day. I practice touching him all over, picking him up and holding him until I can feel his body relax, rolling him side to side and spreading his wings. Saturday morning, as I was giving him his food bowl, he jumped on my arm, grabbed my thumb with his beak and started humping my arm :rolleyes:. I knocked him off and "pecked" him on top of his head 3-4 times with my finger and he coward down like a squatting pullet. All was good until this morning when he did it again. This time he ran away from my finger pecks and I only got to nail him once. I know he is in his hormonal stage, and so far this has only happened in the early mornings. Should I just keep trying to "peck him" like another chicken would or is there another method to stop him from wanting to get jiggy with my arm? Oh, and there have been no other incidents of any kind so far other than these two.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2019
  2. TwoChicksChix

    TwoChicksChix Songster

    May 29, 2019
    West Palm Beach Florida
    He could just find you as his favorite female due to how much contact you have with him daily.

    You can keep trying to peck at him, but since he’s young I would give him a bit more time to get his hormones together.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Familiarity breeds Contempt.
    If you plan on having him be a show bird maybe @centrarchid can give you some tips.
  4. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Put on a long sleeved shirt, maybe a glove to hide that scandalous thumb.
    Not even kidding.
    Mine had a foot thing, shoes stopped it cold.
    Good luck, but you're going to break his little heart. :D
  5. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

    Jan 19, 2018
    My Coop
    Why do I find this hysterical :gig
  6. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

    Sep 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    If he is being especially ornery then he shouldn’t get any treats. When you go to give him treats if he jumps on your arm I wouldn’t reward him with treats. When he jumps your arm push him off of your gently and tell him no. He’ll get the message.
    Also could help to put him in with some pullets or hens that he can mate with.
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  7. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Really it is funny.
    Got to laugh, not much else you can do that is going to make it any better.:)

  8. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

    Mar 16, 2016
    North Central IN
    My Coop
    Actually he doesn't get ANY treats ever.
    Maybe that's the problem! :D
    I will try to make my arm as repulsive as possible! :D
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  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I have hand-raised many chickens, males included. I have yet to have one hump me, and it is also rare for the females to present to me even when a male is absent. It may be owing to genetics. It may be something subtle in terms of how @Trish1974 behaves around her rooster. I do not think pecking him will be effective. I would avoid having him get his jollies / completing the deed. When dogs have done similar I simply keep moving as if the dog is not there and it breaks off.

    Has he been exposed to females?
  10. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

    Mar 16, 2016
    North Central IN
    My Coop
    He is in with a full sibling 24/7. I am still on the fence with whether or not sibling is a pullet or cockerel. There has been no hanky panky between the two that I have seen, nor is there any fighting other than brief chest bumping. He has not been IN with other birds, but shares a coop and run divided by fence with 2 hens, a cockbird and 7 one week old chicks.

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