How I just became top Roo

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Emmalion, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    It's spring out and my boys are just as crazy as ever. Today the fighting started. I took one boy away for a little while for a cool down and then let him out. Yup they started right back up again. So I let them have at it for a little bit thinking this may just be a dominance thing. Well I gave up with watching and started trying to figure out a way of making them stop.

    Google searches included answers like stew (yum), separations, yadda yadda yadda.... Then I read a guys site Study of Chicken Psychology yeah I know sounds crazy but it was worth it for the fighting part.

    So I got out grab my two boys by the necks and hold them down. One was out like a light in no time and the main Roo was fighting me. He got held down the longest and sometimes with an arm on his back to keep him from getting up. I waiting until they relaxed and then let them up one by one. I let the submissive one go first and then the Main Roo started acting up again so I kept him down longer. One I let him stand I gave him a nice rub down and talked sweetly to him then let him go.

    They stopped fighting. Went out hunting and pecking like nothing ever happened.

    Will this last? I doubt it but I will keep the technique going as long as it works.

    I hope someone else can find this info useful because I know I sure did. I did a search on here for how to stop by boys from fighting but didn't see this in there.

    [​IMG] For making this work. I love my boys and so do my girls. I understand that its spring time so its going to be a battle.
  2. dkvart1

    dkvart1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    Interesting. Can't say I'm surprised in all species there is a dominate one, although I never thought about it in terms of roos. You could become the Roo Whisperer if this continues to work!

  3. Badbaby05

    Badbaby05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    Hrmmm, may have to try this technique [​IMG]
  4. youngbiddy

    youngbiddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2009
    North Carolina
    My dominant roo pecked me, once. I hauled off and boosted him about 12 feet. He's never even bristled at me since. [​IMG]
  5. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    I must say it is working. I have had to do it a few times today but so far they have started to figure out who's the boss. LOL

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