Hi everybody! I have my first roo, the ever fashionable Mr. Fox, a polish. I raised him from day 1 and he is finally past his awkward phase and looking gorgeous. I have read horror stories about aggressive roos so I have started, since he first started mounting behavior, to establish myself as the Alpha. The idea is to make sure he is a well-behaved protector of the flock. So far, my seabright hen has done a better job of running down intruders (she took on a full grown cat yesterday) but Mr. Fox definitely rules the roost on other matters. Here are some ways I have been asserting myself as Alpha. They seem to be working because he crows like crazy when my roommate goes outside but he just glowers and watches for treats when I am out there. Dominance mounting: Luckily I have a very submissive older hen who goes into submissive position whenever I step near. Basically, any time I am in the backyard I grab the nearest hen (or Mr. Fox if he isn't quick enough) and push them into submissive position for a few seconds then walk away. It says, I am the boss, I get the girls when I am out here... you don't. Cock-blocking (hehe): Whenever I am outside, nobody else gets any. So if Mr. Fox makes an advance at one of the girls, I push him away. They aren't his hens, they are mine. Treats: I give them treats regularly with the same bowl, whistle, and mannerism. They know that I hold the shiny bowl of bugs! Blinking contest: If Mr. Fox looks like he is getting grumpy about me giving attention to the girls or makes any crowing noises or grumpy sounds, I stand full tall and stare him down. Generally, he stops what he is doing and moves on with his business. Any other tricks for getting good behavior from your roos?