1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Mean rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by snaffle, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. snaffle

    snaffle Chillin' With My Peeps

    295
    12
    138
    May 27, 2009
    Illinois
    I have a banty cochin rooster that has begun to attack me. I have never encountered this with this breed. They are always calm birds.

    A couple of months ago he began to attack my shoe, I ignored it for several weeks., and his habit did not go away. Then I began to pick him up when he pecked my shoe. Just held him and let him go.

    He began to grab my pant leg or glove and not let go.

    I put him in solitary confinement for 3 weeks. He could see the hens but could not socialize with them.
    I let him out a few days ago and he has been the perfect gentleman until this morning when he grabbed at my pants.

    He is from excellent lines and is a beautiful bird, but I can not chance that he would attack my little grandchildren and scare the bejeepers out of them.

    Anyone have any tried and true techniques that would help stop this behavior?
     
  2. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    4,726
    115
    281
    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    In my opinion, the only truly reliable "tried and true" method to change the behavior of a rooster is a long soak in simmering broth. There will be a lot of folks offering advice and describing techniques that you can try. Some of them will be similar to things you have already done. And one or more of them may even make a difference in your bird.

    But since this roo has already displayed his unpredictable nature, I wouldn't let him be alone around your grandchildren unless he was in a casserole dish.
     
  3. corgiscatsandchickens

    corgiscatsandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    133
    1
    91
    Jun 3, 2011
    Gallifrey
    Quote:[​IMG]

    Keep in mind that in trying this you're not attempting to actually hurt the little guy , just let him know that you're the dominant rooster.

    Next time he tries attacking you, kick him. Basically lifting him up with your foot and tossing him. Then chase him. Yell and scream like a crazy person. Scare the snot out of him. Make contact with him and smack his face, pull his tailfeathers, and when you can actually lay a hand on him, pin his head and neck to the ground and hold him there for a few minutes. React swiftly-don't hesitate for a moment!

    If two or three times of this doesn't cure him, the stewpot will. He can probably never be trusted around children now that he has shown his true colours. Factor that in to your decision making. I also would never hatch out his chicks-you dont' want his undesirable genes passed along.
    Good luck!
     
  4. cochunk

    cochunk Chillin' With My Peeps

    147
    3
    91
    Nov 13, 2011
    you got to be dominant towards him, show that you are the boss.
     
  5. Tressa27884

    Tressa27884 Chillin' With My Peeps

    453
    7
    111
    Mar 27, 2011
    East Bay, Ca.
    I have a RIR roo, that had begun to feel his oats and decided that perhaps he could 'tame' me. The first time he threw up his neck feathers at me I chased him, the second time he did it I gave him a pretty good boot across the yard and chased him around for a few minutes. Everytime I go outside now I'll pick him up and hold him under my arm while I do coop chores. Occassionally I have to grab his tail feathers to get ahold of him. Since the second time he has never been the least bit aggressive with me. I've never hurt him, and I like him (usually), but I have to say .......I'd happily trade him for a more docile roo if he wasn't so good to his girls.
     
  6. darin367

    darin367 Chillin' With My Peeps

    315
    9
    111
    Dec 1, 2010
    Shelton, Wa.
    bad roosters taste better.....
     
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    16,711
    528
    408
    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    BEcoming the dominant bird apparently is the key. Did you work with the bird while he was in solitary? Did you pick him up and put him back at will? Did you pick him up and walk around, then put him back?

    Do some research--someone posted their technique based on the above and has no problem with the roosters.

    The rooster has been indulging in this behavior for a while so he will take a bit of extra effort to change him.

    GL
     
  8. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Chillin' With My Peeps

    949
    128
    188
    Oct 13, 2008
    Making him think you are the dominant rooster may work, if YOU are the ONLY one who's ever around him. That's all well and good as far as it goes. The thing I fear is that although you may get him to respect YOU, he may very likely still attack other people--like your grandchildren--or random guests. Birds can be incorrigible that way--once they get something into their heads, it's not as if you can just "re-train" them.

    After months of beating around the bush with my first aggressive rooster (during which time I stood up to him, charged him, kicked him, held him down, hung him upside down and tickled him with a twig while counting to nine in Pig Latin, etc., all to no avail), we finally decided to eat him (that is, since he wasn't cooperative as a flock leader, we allowed him to serve us in a different capacity). I've never looked back since. Now I have a zero tolerance policy on rooster aggression towards humans. Why keep a mean roo when there are plenty of good ones out there? And now after a couple of generations of weeding out the bad apples, I currently am fortunate to have two very good non-human-aggressive roosters as a result. IMO culling is the best remedy for a "mean roo"--and least you can't argue that it isn't 100% effective...
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Really, it only takes educating the roo on what you truly are....a predator. He sees you as no threat because you've never offered threatening behavior. Every time you go into the coop, run, yard, etc., invade his personal space, jump at him suddenly, stomp your foot suddenly on the ground near him, etc. Walk confidently towards him until he yields and retreats. Anything to keep him nervous and looking over his shoulder...and not the other way around.

    You don't have to yell, flap your arms, crow, cuddle, carry or otherwise inconvenience yourself....just don't tolerate a bratty animal being bratty. That's all it comes down to...just like you wouldn't let a dog jump up on you, don't let the rooster peck, jump at, bite, or flog you. If he does, let the punishment be swift and so memorable that he doesn't repeat it. If you are doing it correctly, it will cure the problem. If you are not...well...it's really not the roo's fault if you can't convince him that he is tiny and you are big.
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    15,967
    500
    393
    Nov 18, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    From another post.

    Quote:
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by