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My bantam roo only goes after my daughter who is not a child

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mskayladog, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. He does not go after anyone else. When she comes to visit once a week she goes down to the run and visits the chickens. Last two times he has started crowing and attacking her at knee level. She will walk towards him or chase him and he does not back off.
    So we have been discussing why this is and could it be her long curly auburn hair it's not red and its not black..could he think she has a hawk or something on her head? He trills at her and circles her and won't let the girls near her if they go for a treat from her he heads them off.
    When she sits down in a chair he circles the chair and dances.
    Odd behaviour but then he is my first roo.

  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    It is because she is basically a stranger to him. She is not there every day, he is not used to seeing her around. All he knows is this is somebody different and he intends to protect his girls and to challenge her. She can encourage him to stay out of her space but since she isn't there every day this will probably be an ongoing issue with him. She might want to carry a broom or barn rake to protect herself and keep him off of her. I am not advocating using it on him, just use it to keep him from attacking and to make him move off, out of her space. It never hurts to encourage some respect in a rooster!
  3. Me & Jack

    Me & Jack Songster

    May 31, 2009
    I agree that it is because she is unfamiliar to him. We have a roo who will attack if we're wearing a different pair of shoes that day. We've tried treats, whistling, distractions, and nothing will help unless we wear a certain pair of shoes to the pen a week or so in a row! LOL

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