My poor son :UPDATE added

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by schmoo, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    He's 9 and yesterday he got attacked by our rooster that he loves. Nothing too bad (no real spurs yet) but he tried to bite him several times and chased him from the coop. I had asked him to go give the chickens some fresh cool water and he filled up a 2 liter to pour into the dish. Thanks goodness because it became his weapon [​IMG] He had to whack Roo to get away.

    He came running up to the house scared and said MOM I need backup [​IMG] I can laugh now because he wasn't hurt. Anyways he explained the whole thing and I figured out why he "attacked". Roo was just protecting his girls, my son was chasing one trying to pet her and I guess it made Roo angry. He has never been aggresive before to anyone. I wish I would've been there when it happened then I could've shown Roo who was BOSS. [​IMG]
    I just told Jake to never take his eye off Roo and don't pet the girls unless I'm with you. His feelings were hurt until I explained its nothing personal, Roo was just protecting his flock.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2007
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    you know the chickens were probably having the same conversation... "the boy has never attacked before and we really liked him. He was chasing me and the roo had to protect me!" Let your son see it from the "other side". [​IMG]
  3. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Ozark hen is right and hilarious. He was just doing his job. [​IMG]
  4. Heidi

    Heidi Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    I'm glad your son is fine. I noticed just the other day my roo looking at my son in a funny way. I think I will make that rule today - no going in the coop unless I'm with you - cause my son goes around picking up the hens one by one. Thanks Schmoo for bring this to my attention.
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Kids doing the wrong thing (in the eyes of the roo) are probably the cause of 90% of child/roo attacks.
    Same goes for dog/cat and other animal attacks.

    You can't blame either of them, all you can do is teach the children. Since he had a weapon, it may not ever happen again.
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Years ago I had a RIR rooster who started attacking my 18 month old son for no reason. I figured maybe just this small human freaked him out, but I wasn't going to chance an injury since he was mature and had some nasty spurs. Needless to say he ended up in the pot.
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Quote:Just curious... was he in a run or was he free range?
  8. SunChick

    SunChick Songster

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bel Air, Maryland
    Quote:I have heard RIRs can be really aggressive. One reasons I haven't had the guts to get one for my RIR gals. They have a nice Cochin Roo who is sweet and we get some cute babies with feathered feet!
  9. Royicus

    Royicus Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    Western Oregon
    You handle this situation by calmly reminding the rooster that you can cut its throat. If the rooster does not learn English and understand what that means after a few months, then carry out. That's what Silkiechicken and I do. We've had a few roosters that like to attack people's feet, never mine though... Maybe they see that folder clipped to my pants [​IMG]

    At any rate, I hope that the rooster clams down. I know our #1 rooster doesn't attack us if we go after one of the hens. Maybe he'll grow out of it?

    Be careful though, roosters can really hurt once they grow up!
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Rooster-red...He was free range. He'd see my son walking across the yard and come running for him.

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