Mean Rooster,What do I do?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kuntry Klucker, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    Hi All, I am new to the chicken hobby. So far we have two chicken coops and one rooster from a neighbor who needed to thin his
    roosters out because he had too many. We do plan on getting our hens once my husband gets the chicken pen finished. Right
    now he is in our fenced in backyard (6 ft. wood fence) while his pen in under construction. Last night when we went to work
    on the coops and chicken pen he started attacking us and our children. Our neighbor said
    that he is under a year old, he does not even have his spirs(sp?) yet. I feel so helpless and under educated on rooster and need
    any advice or direction from those who have walked this road longer that we have.

  2. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Songster

    Apr 30, 2009
    N.E. Florida
    You'll find lots of advice on here...most will be to make chicken soup lol. I would get rid of him one way or another. The best advise I've heard are there are way too many unwanted roosters out there to put up with one like that. You should not put up with aggression towards humans, especially kids. Good luck!
  3. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    Thanks for your reply, I thought about chicken soup, maybe that will be on the menu in the future.
    But what confused me is that we have gone in the backyard before and been fine, he seemed to be
    okay with our presences. We have only had him 2 days and we have no hens right now till we get
    the pen finished. would that make him more aggressive? or do you think the tools we were using
    upset him?
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    With children around, I'd be cautious of course, but any animal in new conditions for all he'd been there before, he has been separated from his familiar place and probably nervous and trying to find his footing. I'd keep him enclosed in a smallish area if possible, make sure he knows you're his source of good food and treats. There's some good links on the learning section about rooster management, but here's another that talks a lot about roosters being aggressive but more importantly to me, gives a lot of good insight IMO about WHY they act like they do... ( Prevention is the better route IMO.)
  5. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    thank you so much, that was so helpful. I appreciate your help.
  6. crittersitter

    crittersitter Songster

    Feb 23, 2010
    Westchester County,NY
    I would get him some lady friends ASAP [​IMG]
  7. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Sep 23, 2008
    near Albany, New York
    I have 3 children under age 12. The Rooster is mean - the Rooster leaves. Simple. He may not "kill" anyone but if he spurs one of the kids or you, it may involve a ER visit, antibiotics, etc. There are lots of nice Roos out there that need homes and if aggression is hereditary than you wouldn't want to breed him anyway. CL, auction, give him away or put him in the pot.
  8. Wynette

    Wynette Crowing

    Sep 25, 2007
  9. i will tolerate an occasional charge from a rooster i have had for a while, if he gets spooked. Sometimes a change of clothes or a different colored scratch bucket can set a rooster off. But personally, if this guy attacks right off the bat, i would rehoome. There are so many roosters out there that there is no need to put up with an aggressive one. And, i suspect he will only get more aggressive and protective once he has ladies. Maybe there is a reason that farmer decided to rehome that particular rooster.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
  10. rcentner

    rcentner Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    Le Roy, NY
    Roosters seem to like order, they need to have a flock. I would get him some ladies and I bet he does better. He is just trying to make you his flock by asserting his dominance. If he is still a jerk, then get rid of him.

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