Mean Roos and what do do with them.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by EM Squared Farms 2, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. EM Squared Farms 2

    EM Squared Farms 2 In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2011
    A lot of people put Roosters in chicken stew if they are mean. Roos can be tamed and there are several ways that DO work.

    1. Pick up the Rooster and hold him. Then grab his comb and pull his head so his beak is touching his chest. Hole him like that for about 10 seconds than let him go. That is what they do to each other to show dominance.

    2. Grab the rooster and lay him on his back on the ground until he stops struggling and won't get up when you leave.

    3. Try to approach slowly. They can get spooked and fear for their hens and attack.

    Hope this helps!

  2. cubalaya

    cubalaya Crowing

    Nov 19, 2008
    central virginia
    that dont always work. some roosters are just mean. some roosters are culls. only the best should be allowed to breed the hens. the rest are chicken and dumplings, chicken and rice, chicken stew, roast chicken........
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:X2!!!! Any roo that is mean gets culled-you do not want him passing any of that down to his offspring...
  4. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Quote:X2!!!! Any roo that is mean gets culled-you do not want him passing any of that down to his offspring...

    X's 3! Mean roos do NOT stay at my house! I refuse to risk my children getting hurt because of a mean roo. Chickens were meant to be eaten, so that's where to mean ones go. I won't breed a mean on and have him pass his nastiness on to the offspring!

  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Not as if there was a shortage of roosters. Wish more folks were selective in breeding the roos as they tend to be about the hens. Just sayin'.
  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    While appreciate your post let me bring you up to speed on something.

    First, those are temporary fixes in 98% of the mean rooster issues. Then they find other ways to get at you like the side and from behind when your back is turned.

    Lying them on the back and holding them down works temporarily because you are cutting off his oxygen supply as their lungs are near their back, temporary

    You can also try the humiliation method, grab him up, carry him around until he calms down. Then parade him around in front of women calling him a sissy. Works temporarily, makes you feel better and you can repeat the process the next time he attacks which he most likely will

    You can kick at him, hit at him, throw something at him, may shoo him away for that attack but then you have created a reason for him to attack, defense. You have now made yourself a viable threat to him so the fight is on whenever you get near.

    Genetically, that temperament will pass on to his offspring so be prepared to battle one of his sons later down the road because it will happen.

    You could opt for a rooster protection suit...gear up in leather pants, sleeves, vest and gloves when you go near the won't feel the attack unless of course he gets you in the face when you are filling a feeder or waterer or collecting yourself because he will go for it first chance he gets...hopefully you avoid the toe or spur to the eye....your chances are 50/50

    My daughter did give a naughty EE roo a lavender bubble bath and hose him down in his run with his girls watching horrified but that roo was just expressing dominance over her not true aggression so it worked. Luc and circumstance, he fit into that. 2% grouping.

    Or you can cull him, save yourself the aggravation, risk and trouble and get a good tempered roo. There are hundreds of them out there. Whatever seems easier for you.

    Around here means you are replaced if you attack or show aggression to me. The individual's exit plan depends on how successful his attack was. Should he get me or draw blood the exit is immediately. Should the attack miss, you live to see another day as I list you on craigslist with full disclosure of your bad attitude...then your days are numbered. Sort of like death row awaiting that last appeal to the Govenor. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:[​IMG] Nicely said!!!

  8. GAchick

    GAchick Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    Pembroke GA
    Well put, Cetawin. I would add only this. If you have small children in the home, or around your home, or that ever visit your home, you are playing with fire, if you allow a mean roo to stay. Ask yourself how you would feel if a child was blinded or otherwise injured due to keeping a bird that you KNEW had attacked before? Not worth the risk. EVER.
  9. rebel yell

    rebel yell Songster

    Jun 27, 2010
    I got a sure fire way to fix em, FRY EM UP, Works everytime !!!!!

  10. Serrin

    Serrin Songster

    Korbin, while I applaud your suggestions on how to deal with a freaked out rooster, I do have to line up with others with regards to "mean" roosters.

    I've been fortunate in that all of my boys have been sweethearts, all six of them. However, my first rooster was a mean, nasty little cuss! Try as I might, there was no way to dissuade him from this meanness towards me.

    So, I listed him on Craig's List, packed up his little rooster togs and sent him packing down the road with two of his favorite hens. His issues were with ME and no other human, so I felt that he deserved a second chance. As luck would have it, the gal that adopted him was a match made in heaven. He's now the proud flock rooster of a very mixed flock [think chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail and guinea fowl] and supremely happy!

    Had he stayed here, I fear he would have ended up on the dinner table. I certainly would never have hatched any chicks that he had fathered, for fear that he would pass that meanness on to the offspring. The best recipe for happy and sweet roosters is thus:

    Start with chicks sired by sweet and calm roosters. Hens also pass their personality traits onto their progeny as well. Use only hens that are equally as sweet and quiet as the roo. Once said eggs from said pairing hatch, the name of the game becomes "Socialization"! Work with those little goobers every single day! Establish that YOU are the alpha bird right from the get-go.

    If by age 30 weeks or so, you see any meanness in any given rooster, CULL IT! It's a genetic thing and the only way to keep it out of your flock is remove the genetic material! Sometimes, even with selecting for good temperament, the stars just align in the wrong way for a rooster of good demeanor. [​IMG] Keep those things in mind and you'll soon be breeding roosters that don't require any of the little temporary tricks you've mentioned. You'll have birds that are just naturally sweet and docile. [​IMG]

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