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Is there a way to curb a roosters agression, and or crowing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ricemazter, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. ricemazter

    ricemazter Out Of The Brooder

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    One of our chickens (a rooster) has gotten to a stage in his life where his aggression is starting to show, and each day it is steadily increasing. He has charged, bitten, and is growing more raucous. Since we live in a subdivision where we cant have chickens his aggression and loudness is becoming a problem and we will soon have to give him up. Is there possibly a way to stop his aggression and or crowing, or is there possibly some kind of environmental factor that could be causing it (like barking dogs?). Again this wasnt a problem in the past, but we are at the end of our rope.
     
  2. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Sorry, but from my understanding, once they crow there is no going back [​IMG] Some roosters are just aggressive....and when the testosterone flows it gets worse. There a some people on this board that are good at "taming" the roosters but overall they are what they are...all individuals.
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2011
  3. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is he a cockerel or a rooster? Under 1 year or older? I have limited experience but I think that makes a difference. Also, how many hens do you have? The ratio is 10 or so to 1. Is he agressive with you or just the hens. Just trying to keep this post going until someone that knows takes over.
     
  4. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Yes definitely!!! Hopefully we get someone here who knows roosters can come in and get it answered correctly.

    I don't have any roosters tho I want some [​IMG] I just know the bits and pieces I picked up from board members here, so you will get better info from people who actually own roosters!!

    Good luck [​IMG]
     
  5. andalusn

    andalusn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roosters when old enough crow..it's what they do. Some are louder than others and some will start in the very wee hours of the day which could be hours before sun up. As for aggression, if it's directed to you or other family members its not worth it. Re-home the bird or freezer camp. I have many roosters and none are people aggressive and usually not even aggressive with each other but the hens can get frantic when the morning chase is on. Young Cockerels can get over eager as they are just figuring out their role. Some cause so much stress in the barn its better to get rid of the rooster and let life settle back down to a more quiet level.
     
  6. Hucklekree

    Hucklekree Out Of The Brooder

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    As previously stated, roosters are made to crow. No way around that one. Aggression can sometimes be mellowed with proper handling. I've had a pretty good success rate but there has been one rooster I've given up on. If you can't have chickens where you are at than take andalusn's advice and rehome or freezer camp. There is no way to curb the crowing.
     
  7. flowerchicks

    flowerchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no way to stop the crowing. If he is crowing at night, put him in a box in the coop to keep him from being woken up by light or noises. If he is crowing during the day, there is no way to stop that. That is just what they do, some more than others.

    The aggression, well, that can change. I read somewhere that some roosters are "fear" aggressive, kind of like a dog. They are the ones that wait for you to turn your back or walk away from them. I had one of those, and I still have scars on my leg, and he was just a silkie! But, when 2 other roosters (one of them his son), took over the top spot, he not only lost his place in the flock, but he stopped attacking me. By the time I re-homed him, I could pick him up and hold him no problem. I was really sad to get rid of him.

    I would suggest separating him from the hens, keeping him by himself and I would handle him as much as possible. His aggression may go away and he may learn to trust you (human). Unless that happens, re-homing him will be difficult.

    good luck
     

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