Kicked our Rooster and now he won't crow

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JAllender, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. JAllender

    JAllender Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 20, 2012
    So we have been having problems with our Rooster he is about 9-11 months old . I love him to death. He is like a watch rooster... crows when someone pulls up in our lane.... Crows when he sees me... Crows when he sees the kids... and I love it..

    But he started coming after my kids... when they were grazing in the evening... so I went up to him to try to smooth things over with my daughter and he went after me... and then kept coming back at me when i turned my back

    So yesterday my hubby let them out for the evening and he wouldn't let my hubby out of the COOP! He kept lunging at him and got some good height... to his shoulders... So my hubby kicked him and he came back... and then again.. .and then finally my hubby grabbed a rake (we leave it sit by the coop to deter the fox and coon - they are scared of it) anyway he hit Mr. Roo with the rake and he took off and hid near the fence.... and laid down...

    :( I come running out... a little nervous around him and my dog walked over to him and he stood up and stood in the middle of the yard til sundown and then went to roost etc.

    In the morning he didnt crow... He wont crow when he sees me... and he won't even look at me...I guess it's a good thing.. but do you think he is hurt? or is it just his feeling hurt?!

    I feel bad.. but not sure if he will ever crow again!!

    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    He is most likely injured to some degree. Hopefully he will survive with an improved attitude. If not, with children involved, I would suggest culling him.
  3. HannahC1198

    HannahC1198 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 3, 2012
    that's strange our rooster is really mean and we always have to carry something to defend ourselves with and he gets hit hard. But he's never stopped crowing I wonder if he's just still stunned and needs time to heal. Good luck!
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I wouldn't beat myself up much about this. The rooster had it coming, quite honestly. Sometimes a rooster gets a beat down from a superior rooster and those beat downs are not gentle. Sometimes they get put back by a human, such as your husband did. It was the right thing to do. If this rooster takes this and has learned his juvenile lesson? Good. Be cautious. When he recovers, he may try this stuff again, If he does? He'd be soup really quick in our world.

    BTW, around toddlers or children under age 8, let's say? Roosters should be treated with the same respect as a bull or stallion or boar. No child should be around them, ever, in my book. Some folks teach the child to take a big stick with them, but I'm still not comfortable with that. If it had been a child, even though armed with a club, that child wouldn't likely have fended off the attack your husband did successfully.
  5. JAllender

    JAllender Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 20, 2012
    I just walked out there right now and walked in the coop... and he is horrified with me... He ran to the other end of the coop... Got in the corner and when I got close he ran to another corner!!!

    Maybe we broke him........ and he realized he is not Rule of the Roost anymore!

    I wonder if he will he still mate with the hens or is he stripped of his man hood!. I wanted to have babies in spring...

    What is the benefits of a ROOSTER?! :)
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  6. Sandyd

    Sandyd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2012
    Maybe he has just realized that you are higher in the pecking order. Your husband may have burst his bubble being the cock of the walk. Just wait and go about your business and just keep a eye on him. He will settle down and hopefully you will have a nice docile rooster on your hands where people are concerned.
  7. JAllender

    JAllender Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 20, 2012
    After further investigation... I walked out there and again he ran from me.... So I stood and observed him.... And whenever he would crow before he would flap his wings..... and then crow.... He tries to flap his wings and it looks like he can't flap on... so then he just walks away...

    I think maybe he is wounded on a wing... How do you tell if it is broken?! He is not dragging it at all... Just when he goes to stretch out.... He won't move one of them at all...

    I know this sounds harsh maybe that's good... He won't come after us... and lunge in our faces....

    I just heard him crow for liek the first time in 2 days, but he was crowing under the coop... (ours is built off the ground so they can get under cover)

    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  8. HouseCat

    HouseCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    You'll have to pick him up at night after he roosts and manipulate each wing to see if one feels off. A rooster who's in pain can be the most ornery, unpredictable kind.
    I also agree with Fred. Children have no business being around a rooster. I'm of the opinion that a rooster is more dangerous than a bull or stallion. Most kids won't approach a bull but wouldn't think twice about running right up to a rooster and trying to pick it up or pet it.
    There was a lady on the news last spring whos' 18 month old granddaughter was over and wasn't being watched. She got a little too close to the roo and it spurred her eye out. My roosters HATE children and if they ever got one down on the ground (like my 2 yo nephew), they would kick holes all over his face. Also, even if all you have are pet hens, and your child (or yourself for that matter), are some how knocked unconcious in the coop, your chickens will eat you alive.
    I wish you the best of luck and remember, just because you're the top roo today doesn't mean you can start turning your back on #2.
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    If your children are young, I would rehome him . If your kids are older and can handle rooster behavior modification, okay. My 7 and 9 year old used to go into my pen with 4 Jersey roos and 1 Buff Orp and never had a problem. My little silkie roo attacked my 7 year old grandaughter, and I taught her behavior modification, and now they are bussom buddies.

    Put on heavy clothes. Go out. Never take a step back. If you hit him with a rake, you are taking his challange. Stalk him. All over the yard for about 20 minutes once or twice a day. Keep him moving along. Move move move. Don't let him drink, eat, or mate at these sessions. Just stalk him. Once you've got it under control, let each family member do it. It tells him that you are alpha roo in rooster language.

    I've had 1 out of 10 fail, and that was a bantam! He was mean and sneaky.
  10. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2009
    I think he is probably injured and also feel it would be kinder to humanely put him down than to beat him into submission. There are plenty of roosters who do not try to challenge humans. Keep one of those, and humanely dispatch the others, whether you eat them or not.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012

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