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My rooster keeps attacking me, what do I do??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by isabellague, May 9, 2016.

  1. isabellague

    isabellague New Egg

    Sep 26, 2014
    I have 2 roosters, 4 hens, and 4 young chicks (no genders yet). My older rooster has the tendency to just come at anyone who gets within 5 feet of him. I'm tired of getting my legs cut up and bruised but I don't want to hurt him or get rid of him unless there's no other option. What can I do to stop him from being a jerk to humans?
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Irish Colleen Premium Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    First off it is not good to have 2 roosters with only 4 hens, the hens could get hurt. You need about 8 hens per rooster if you wan to keep 2. I've had many a mean rooster honestly none of them turned from their mean ways :(, I know a few people who have been able to make them behave. I would read this article which may help you: Dealing with aggressive Roosters.
  3. isabellague

    isabellague New Egg

    Sep 26, 2014
    thank you so much. I'll have to let my dad know about the hen situation. We are still learning about how the chickens work and what not.
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Irish Colleen Premium Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    I know how that is, we used to have 3 cockerels but it definitely was a bad a idea [​IMG], since we didn't have enough hens.
  5. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2015
    South jersey USA
    I just gave my rooster away. I have 15 hens and he was tearing up their backs and their heads were bald. I've always heard 10 hens to a rooster. But with my experience, I'm not so sure I'll ever get another one.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    The 10:1 ratio is for fertility efficiency in commercial breeding situations.
    Many breeders keep pairs, trios, quads with no problems.

    If you need a cockbird....keep the best one and eat the rest.
    Do not give away a human aggressive cock without full disclosure of his behavior.
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  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Every rooster is different. I definitely wouldn't keep any rooster who shows aggression towards humans. I had enough of that as a kid. All my roosters are respectful towards people. I always give my roosters some time as far as judging them with the hens. Unfortunately most roosters aren't needed and there isn't enough good homes, an aggressive rooster is best made into dinner and save the good homes for the good roosters.
  8. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    You definitely have 1 possible 2 to many roosters for 4 hens and just a side note getting more hens probably won't change the aggressive ones behavior. Unfortunately getting rid of or culling mean roosters is a part of having chickens.Roosters aren't needed unless your planning to breed and you don't want to breed with the bad ones as their sons will most likely show the same traits.

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