My Rooster attacked me today.... 3 times in 3 minutes!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mr Grandcanyon, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Mr Grandcanyon

    Mr Grandcanyon In the Brooder

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    Samson used to be so calm and peaceful..... I was gone for 6 days. Samson and his 3 hens had plenty of food and water in their pen. Today, I got home about an hour before dark so I let them out. Not 10 feet out into FREEDOM, Samson turned around and jumped at me! I kicked at him. I walked away but he FOLLOWED ME AND ATTACKED AGAIN! I kicked again, harder! The third time, I sent Samson flying with a "field goal"! He then left me alone. I was not bothering his hens... not sure what provoked the attack.

    I did NOT like kicking him. But once he does his Manly Thing with his hens and I have some new chicks from his hens, Samson may chill out in the freezer flock.....

    Was it wrong to kick him?

    Joe
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2011
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    When I had a rooster that attacked me, the only way I could avoid being injured was to bring my foot up and hold him off. He would fly at my foot, and hit it.

    I think this pretty well describes what you did, IMO.

    Self defense is nothing to be ashamed of!!!!

    Watch out for your eyes. They like to go for those.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Kicking him is your way of fighting him like a rooster. If you consider, a rooster's attack feels VERY much like being kicked hard, so he thinks you're fighting him, which honestly will go nowhere unless you win.

    I say there's a great place called the frying pan, or the stew pot, or some local person's vehicle. [​IMG]
     
  4. Mr Grandcanyon

    Mr Grandcanyon In the Brooder

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    I do intend to win... I'd just rather he do a little procreating before he joins the Freezer Flock. He used to be so nice and docile.... ate out of my hand. Then I think he discovered his OWN Huevos.... He has started making overtures to the hens but I've not seen much more....

    His attacks are something new. Today's were the most aggressive. He has ruffled his feathers at me before. My last kick, which knocked him on his feathered a$$, made him leave me alone.

    Once I've got some new chicks from him, he will be in line for supper..... MY supper.

    Joe
     
  5. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Songster

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    This link may be of some help. It describes my techniques for keeping my rooster civil enough and has links to other perspectives on rooster aggression. You may be particularly interested in the link to a discussion about animal-human bonding.
     
  6. g-momto11

    g-momto11 In the Brooder

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    I think you are breeding that mean streak into his progeny! You will certainly get more mean roosters from a mean rooster.

    Was it wrong to kick him?



    Brother, I would have kicked him into the other REALM! He would be boiled and fed to his ladies already. We never allowed a mean rooster to breed.​
     
  7. Mr Grandcanyon

    Mr Grandcanyon In the Brooder

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    Chicken.Lytle, thanks for the link. I read it and took it to heart...

    UPDATE! Today, when I let them out, Samson was much better behaved. He ruffled his feathers as soon as he exited... but did NOT make any aggressive moves to me at all. So the "show of force" yesterday may have made him rethink his behavior.

    Now if he'd just "act like a man" with his hens......

    Joe
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2011
  8. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Songster

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    You're welcome Mr Grandcanyon.

    Be sure to haze him every time you are near so he does not forget his place and try to challenge you. In my case, it is rarely more than a step in his direction before he moves away.
     
  9. bakerjw

    bakerjw Songster

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    If he breeds his aggressive genes may be passed on to the offspring. One vote for freezer camp and starting a search for a good roo.

    When I sell fertilized White Rock eggs I always mention how docile my roos are. Of course I jinx myself by making that statement. They'll probably turn here in another month.
     
  10. terrilhb

    terrilhb Songster

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    I did not know that when a rooster mated with a hen in front of you it was a bad thing. [​IMG] Mine do it all the time. [​IMG] How are you supposed to stop them?
     

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