I have a problem Rooster.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cheep Chic, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Cheep Chic

    Cheep Chic Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 gorgeous, happy fat egg laying girls who love to visit and gossip with me. They enjoy a cuddle and everything is fine. My Cochin rooster is massive, handsome doesn't begin to describe his poster boy looks and he used to be a sweet little guy who would cuddle all day. Now even when I put their food out, he chases me and if he catches me, his talons draw blood. I have to carry a stick. Why does he attack when I put his food out?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    He sees you as a thread to his hens, a threat top his dominance of the flock, or he considers you one of his hens and wants to dominate you. Probably the second one.

    What can you do? The only reason you NEED a rooster is if you want fertile eggs. Anything else is just personal preference.

    There are too many good roosters out there to put up with a bad one. If you have kids, he is a threat to them.

    You can try to dominate him. You are a lot bigger than he is. Pick him up and carry him around. While holding his belly on the ground peck at his head with your fingers and pull the feathers at the back of his head. If he threatens you, walk toward him and make him back down. If necessary, introduce him to the top of your foot, not hard enough to break bones but hard enough to send him flying backwards a few feet. Don’t let him behind you. He’ll love to pull a sneak attack. If you are consistent doing this for a while, you can maybe teach him that you are the flock master and the dominant one. He’ll probably test your occasionally but as long as you are consistent, you can probably get him back under control.

    Now have everyone he might come in contact with do the same thing with him. You’ve taught him to not attack you but you have not taught him to not attack them.

    Or keep him penned up where he can never get to you or anyone else if you really do want to keep him.
     
  3. Cheep Chic

    Cheep Chic Out Of The Brooder

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    This is wonderful information and makes absolute sense. I can't pick him up anymore (I'm short and he's big and heavy but I can carry a stick around and modify my behavior, certainly being more aggressive and not running away which is all I've done.

    I do love him and wouldn't hurt a feather on his arrogant body, he is after all just being a rooster. It's me who has to learn and teach him some manners.

    Thank you. I would never have made Coq au vin out of him, as one neighbor suggested but this does save some heartache.
     

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