My rooster is charging

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crayon, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. crayon

    crayon Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hillman Michigan
    So, a week or so ago my girls started laying eggs. My rooster is very watchful over them- he even sits (stands) next to them as they lay. But he has started charging us- We had a visitor over the other day- and he really charged at her- didn't spar her- but just charge with his head down. At first it was like "oh, he clearly doesn't like you"..... Then he did it to my 6 year old. Today I touched a hen and he charged me. He is 20 weeks.

    Is this typical? Will it get worse/better? Should he just end up as soup? We want chickens a family project but my daughter is starting to get a little weary of him and that make it NOT FUN for her!

    We have 10 hens and 3 roosters- one is the second in line to this more dominate fella- and then we have a cockerel- 13 weeks old.


  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    he is acting like a some roosters do...protecting his flock. however you should not let your kids near him. i have a rooster that charges and people know better. he has yet to do it to me... however you must never turn your back to him. good luck.
  3. crayon

    crayon Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hillman Michigan
    Yeah- agh.... It is such a bummer he is the most beautiful rooster I have seen!!! He may end up soup and we may end up roosterless- if this is typical of roosters.
  4. M.sue

    M.sue Songster

    May 29, 2011
    Welcome to the club!!! He's being a Roo. There is a thread on here "Got Flogged By a Rooster Tonight". It is full of different techniques in how to handle a nasty Roo. Of course every Roo is different, every situation is different and what works with one might not work for someone else. It's worth looking into. There is a stalking method that was suggested to me from that site and so far it seems to be working. All it takes is a little of my time! Good luck!!
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011
  5. kaybats

    kaybats Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Yep. Same thing here. My bigger roo was as sweet as an angel.....til the girls started to lay. I really started to become afraid of him. The thought of maybe having to send him to freezer camp was breaking my heart. Naturally, I came here to find tons of helpful advice. Things are much better lately. He has good days and bad days.

    What works for me is the hose, he hates it and backs off immediately. Sometimes I carry the claw rake around while I'm out there and "stalk" him. That'll do it too.

    And I agree 110%.....don't ever turn your back on him when he's like that.....I learned that one the hard way![​IMG]
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Unless you can educate him that you are bigger, tougher, and dominant to him his behavior will escalate. Flogging and biting will be the next step. Do not trust him anywhere near your daughter.

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