I'm having a really bad day with my flock today

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by goldfinches, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    They've made me cry. First, my BR rooster attacked me, spurred me and scratched my legs all up this morning. I have decided I have to try to rehome him, I can't take a chance that he'll go after one of my children. I don't know, though, if this is wise, what if he can't be rehabilitated? I don't know if I could handle someone eating him.
    Then, my one week old red laced blue wyndotte died in my hands today. I could tell she wasn't right when she arrived, but I had hoped I just didn't understand how she should look and act. Her wings were stubby, and she had a pasty butt every day. I tried vitamins and love today, when she started going downhill, but it didn't work and now she's gone. What an awful feeling.

    Oh, I just realized it's my BLRW in my profile pic [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011
  2. Inkheart

    Inkheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    Sorry you are having such a bad time! Some roosters are just plain ole mean - [​IMG]
  3. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
  4. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Sorry about your loss. It does sound like you had a hard day. I can understand if you have young kids that you would want to rehome the rooster. Of course you need to let any one who might take him in that he has been human aggressive, so folks might be more interested in making him into dinner rather than a pet. The other option is keeping him in the chicken run. There is no right answer you, really. You will figure out what works best for you.
  5. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    So sad for you....it's always hard to lose one. [​IMG] As for your Roo, you could try to rehabilitate him yourself for you are the boss. There's a thread on here that tells you to try a few different things first before you actually have to give him a boot in the rear. Re-homing him won't resolve his bad behavior and you definitely don't want him to go after you again or your kids needless to say or to whomever rehomed him. Hope your day gets better!
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011
  6. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    I would love to try to rehabilitate him, but am scared that, even if he decides to respect me, he would maybe go after the kids.

    I would absolutely advertise him as humanly aggressive. Maybe he needs a home with only adults, no children, or maybe other roos?
  7. Noobchick

    Noobchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Creedmoor, NC
    So sorry for your loss. It sounds like your day's been awful. [​IMG]

    Imho, it can't hurt to try to rehome him. Maybe give it a couple weeks and if you can't find somewhere in that time, THEN you can explore other options??

    I had to rehome an unexpected roo; I can relate to not wanting him to be eaten. Gl
  8. Mama2B&D&...Chickens

    Mama2B&D&...Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2010
    Plant City, FL.
    ((hugs)) i had a VERY similar situation a few wks ago--only Roo was fine with me and hated MEN. lol...we rehomed my baby though [​IMG] I have a 2 yr old and 4 yr old and the risk was too great but DID find a home where he was going to be in a coop with new girls as their flock protector and the people new he could be agressive and didnt care [​IMG] There used to roo's! GL...just wanted you to know...been there!
  9. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    Thank you for the encouragement. I'm going to list him on craigslist tonight, and visit my neighbor tomorrow. She has oodles of birds, she probably doesn't need another, but doesn't hurt to ask.

    My 5 year old was out swinging on her swingset tonight and got too close to the run. She jumped, and Brady, (the roo), jumped up and flapped at her. That was the last straw for me.
  10. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    North Texas
    Am sorry about your chick, and your roo issue.

    With our roo, I have the hardest time trying to catch him, but my youngest (4 years) can go right over and scoop him up. No scratching, or pecking. Today I was shelling peanuts, and hand feeding Owl (our roo), he was waiting so patiently while I shelled them. I even open palmed the peanuts & he was very gentle about getting them from my hand. He is getting more frisky with the girls though. [​IMG]

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