new member with 1 yr old indoor rooster

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by adelemurad, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. adelemurad

    adelemurad New Egg

    Mar 11, 2013
    I go to school in the Caribbean. About a year ago a friend of mine found an abandoned baby chick in her front yard that her dog was trying to eat. I ended up taking the chick and raising it. It's been a year now, and now I have a 1year old full grown 100% indoor rooster that I love to death. He is my baby, I love him, and he's the greatest companion that I could ever ask for. That being said there are a few problems, he is super protective over me and is very aggressive towards other people. He is an absolute angel around me, he sits in my lap while i study, sleeps in bed next to me, and follows me around my apartment. But, the minute my attention is taken off of him (when I'm on the phone or when people come over) he starts crowing and tries to attack visitors. Even when I hold him around a visitor and try to get him use to them he puts up a fight in my arms and will bite hard enough to draw blood and leave bruises on me. Any advice?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] What a lovely story! I used to have a house roo too, but he moved out when he started crowing. I think your boy is jealous and you will have to train him to stop this nonsense.

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
  4. adelemurad

    adelemurad New Egg

    Mar 11, 2013
    Thank you! Yes, he is super jealous and wants me all to himself. I live alone and he's my only pet so that could be why. He seriously is acting just like a parrot with his jealousy. I've taken him outside a few times to play in the yard while i watch over him and whenever another bird (sparrow, dove, etc.) flys over the yard he tries to jump up and attack them with his claws. How do I work with him to not encourage such an aggressive behavior? It's mainly a problem with him wanting to attack other people. Whenever my neighbor tries to come over he jumps towards her face on the screen door trying to attack her. I'm scared that one day he could cause serious harm to someone.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Realistically, it will be extremely difficult to change this behavior. You are his flock, and he is protecting you. Welcome to BYC.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Roosters can be especially brutal in their attacks and can spur people in the face and eyes causing great damage . He thinks you are his hen . I would imagine at this point he would even attack and kill any hens you tried to add to pacify him. I think he is too old and too aggressive to try and civilize him. He means the world to you but to others he is a serious liabilty. You kinda need to decide if you want him soley, or cull him and have a life with friends and family and neighbors., and other animals.
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, adelemurad, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! Sounds like you've gotten some great advice. Best of luck to you!
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  9. jj11

    jj11 New Egg

    Dec 10, 2015
    I realize this is late but in case it helps anyone else, you HAVE to be the lead roo, you can't be his hen. If he crows aimlessly ignore it or put him in time out, covered kennel (mine actually asks for time out for his nap). Find something you can use as his "hens", mine likes stuffed animals, you mustn't let him mate with anything in front of you. Don't let him around other birds outside of a cage, thats normal instinct for all chickens, they eat outdoor birds. If he acts dominant toward lightly peck him with your finger, sometimes I peck mine with kisses and he gets truly annoyed but feels loved it causes chicken cognitive dissonance, then cuddle him till he stops struggling and relaxes. He'll put up a bit of a fight but you HAVE to win with snuggles, even if he bites or struggles, they test you for dominance like young stallion horses. They want to be the lead roo, be loving but firm. There's hope. Once you're the lead rooster again you'll have one of the coolest family members ever. Think dog whisperer! :)
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2015
  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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