Need help! Extremely aggresive and huge rooster!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenWisperer, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Songster

    Jun 30, 2008
    I kind of fell into the chicken business, and i love it now. It all started with 2 little chicks that i had no clue how to care for. Needless to say, i loved them, tended them, and so on and so forth. Eventually, transferred them my grandfathers unused coop, but one was killed. The last surviving, Mr.Chicken as he is named, is a huge but beautiful Buff Orpington Rooster now... I love him with all my heart - up untill he was 7 or 8 months old, he let me pick him up, love on him, he would even sit on my shoulder. Hes just over one year now. He was calm (except for when i came to see him - he would have a fit wanting me to love on him) but now, hes not even the same being. I originally added 3 hens, thinking maybe that would be enough for him. 1 rhode island red, 1 cuckoo maran, and 1 barred rock. He has been riding javas back to death - so much the feathers have all gone on her back and are starting to on her wings. She runs in fear of him, and he chases her. Lately, we have found first the bared rock, then the cuckoo maran dead in the coop - reasons, we dont know. Everything had seemed so perfect, but suddenly, he has become so aggresive that no one can even get near him, or get in the coop safely without him attempting to flog them, or being overtly aggressive. Then, he started to chase Java (the only remaining hen) away from food when she was eating. We added 2 hens and 4 poullets in the flock today, and at first everything was fine, and he was calm. Suddenly, the started attacking them so much i feared that he might kill them, so i chased him out of the coop. I put food out for him and everything, but i am afraid the dogs around the area will attack him. But if i do, i know he will hurt the others like he has hurt java, and possibly the other 2. I dont know what to do - i love him so, but i cannot allow him to hurt the new girls, which are amazingly calm and gentle. Im currently raising anouther rooster and hen, but they are only about a month old. The rooster chick is his baby with one of the original three. He already seems flighty. I dont know what to do now. I dont want him or the girls to be hurt. Should i give up and find anouther home for him? Should i wait untill he is older and put him back with the girls? I dont know what happened. He spent some time alone, before the girls and i thought maybe thats what caused it? I would do almost anything to have my old rooster back.
  2. purr

    purr Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    I wouldn't rehome him if he's that aggressive , I'm sorry maybe someone with more experience will weigh in.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Do a search for (author's name) rooster-red and look at the page he created about handling difficult roosters. Red explains on that page how to take a rooster down a peg or two.
    Edited to correct RR's name, sorry RR.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2008
  4. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Songster

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina
    1 Mean Roo = 1 Nice Dinner Sorry [​IMG]
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    My sister also has an evil BA rooster. He's dangerous and this one sounds the same. Time to kill a rooster and rehome the small one, as he may have inherited these undesirable traits. Too many nice roosters out there needing a new home to put up with mean and dangerous! [​IMG]
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Check out my roo behavior page, the link is in my sig line, maybe it will help.
  7. ZepChick

    ZepChick Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    coos bay OR
    This is our first time raising chickens and we have the same issue. If you still have your original roo, which i didn't catch if you did or not, seperate him from the girls and raise him in another shelter. (Our roo is living in a dog kennel with a dog house- see my pictures) Once the younger month old boy reaches 4 months you should seperate him also.

    The first picture is of rooster-red's advice- hang him by the feet but make sure he has no food in his mouth. (By the way, he was being bad before I did this)

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  8. Chickenfortress

    Chickenfortress Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Now, I don't know....
    but maybe there was a threat that got the other 2. Perhaps because the hens were killed your rooster has gone into hyper defensive mode. Maybe the threat was centered on the feed, as in a rat, and thats why he's chasing her away. Try another spot, second feeder, and see if he keeps her from that one too.

    If he does, no tolerance for destructive behavior in the coop.
  9. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    An out of control rooster needs to learn respect for humans. I hang mine upside down by thier feet for about 30 seconds or so at the first sign of aggression towards me...if that doesn't work after a couple of times then stewpot is the answer. I will not put up with an agressive rooster and have only had one so far that actually had to be killed because of it.
  10. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    You didn't really have a lot of hens for him to choose from, in my opinion... Although, sometimes roosters seem to choose a "favorite"...

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