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My rooster has started attacking me!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by maevemclac, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. maevemclac

    maevemclac New Egg

    Feb 2, 2016
    Hi everyone. I'm new to keeping chickens. I have 2 white Sussex and a rooster. Originally we were told they were all hens but it turns out 1 is a rooster. We've only recently started to get eggs. The rooster has started to attack me! This morning he ran at me and got into the back hall. This is the most aggressive he's been. It can last for a few minutes and can be quite vicious. Can anyone tell me why and will this be his usual behaviour or will he grow out of it??!! Maeve
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015
    He is protecting the hens. Many/not all roosters are aggressive and it often just gets worse. My advice is to make chicken soup.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! I'm afraid I have to agree that you don't need to put up with this behaivour from him and if he were mine he would be culled. He sounds like he has reached maturity and is now showing that he is boss not only of his girls but you too. I would also consider getting rid of him due to you only having 2 hens. 1 roo can easily handle 8-10 hens but only having 2 could cause him to over breed your girls and the roo can cause quite a lot of damage in doing so. Here is an article you might like to have a look at ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/dealing-with-roosters-roo-behavior

    Good luck with your decision and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. maryb341

    maryb341 New Egg

    Feb 2, 2016
    I had the same encounter with 2 of our previous roosters, they became soup. If your not breeding them I would look into a laid back rooster my americana rooster has worked well for keeping the girls in line and lets me go in anytime I want to clean or feed even take eggs. Also you need about 6 or more chickens to 1 rooster, just my opinion it keeps my guys busy so they aren't looking at me as a threat.
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Once a rooster has turned aggressive it is almost impossible to break them from it. I would strongly advise getting rid of him as you don't want to risk him injuring someone, nor do you want to breed aggression into your flock. If you want a rooster for breeding, there are loads of unwanted roosters available on the market and you can always find a gentle one. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2016
  6. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. maevemclac

    maevemclac New Egg

    Feb 2, 2016
    Thanks for the advice. If i got a couple more hens would that solves the problem? Dont want to make soup yet! [​IMG][​IMG]
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    You're welcome. Getting more hens won't solve the problem of the rooster's aggression toward you.
  10. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi, and welcome to BYC. I have to agree with other members - being an adolescent jerk is one thing, but they can become accustomed to acting in that manner. Crock pot i say. I'm not sure if you have a family or have kids visiting, but either way - you could be looking at a little more than a few scratches - and for what?

    Good luck with whatever you decide

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