My son and our silkie rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Spring, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. Spring

    Spring In the Brooder

    Jul 10, 2007
    I have a 3 yr. old and 7 year old. It seems when they go in the coop Dodge (our silkie rooster) attacks them. When I'm in there he doesn't attack me, but he will go after them and they get scared. Why is this??

    We've got one silkie hen and he seems pretty protective of her. We also just let our babies out in the coop with them. We've got 6 bantam babies (8 weeks). All suppose to be female, though I think one rooster.

    Any suggestions on how to get Dodge to NOT do that to the boys? We pick them up and the boys hold them but they don't like to be attacked!
  2. Amanda

    Amanda In the Brooder

    Aug 19, 2007
    Dayton, MN
    oh, sad. not sure what to tell ya. I bet sombody else will know. Maybe he learned the boys are scared of him???
  3. rufus

    rufus Crowing

    May 17, 2007
    Keep the kids and dogs out of the chicken coop. The kids will step in the poop and track it all over, and I am not about to tell you what the dogs will do with it.

    When the kids are bigger, you can let them work with the chickens. Teach them not to be afraid of them. If a rooster comes at them, tell then to kick them. And then chase them around the chicken yard for a while. That lets the roosters know who is boss.

  4. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    Sounds like you and your family are percieved as a part of the flock pecking order! You're the boss but the rooster thinks he is higher than the kids.

    I'd arm them with a broom when they're around the flock, so they can defend themselves, and remind the rooster that they are also boss, just like you.

    Might not make the rooster best friends with them though. :-(

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