parting with rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrlacewing, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. mrlacewing

    mrlacewing Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2012
    I've decided to offer my rooster. We live in a subdivision and have a toddler, and the rooster has become aggressive seemingly overnight. He did this strange dance at me today and I've felt compelled to carry a stick. We also have kids next door that I'm concerned about. I think if we had more land and my child was older we'd learn to coexist.

    What I'm wondering is this:

    How should I go about advertising him. He is a four month old Buff Orpington. I don't know if he is more or less aggressive than the average rooster. He's bitten me twice but barely broken the skin...and there's the "dancing at" thing.

    I'm new to chickens, so I appreciate any advice!!!!!

  2. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2013
    Fort Collins, CO
    How many hens does he have? My rule of thumb is never make a rooster a pet. When they aren't scared of you they are more likely to be aggressive. Advertise him but be truthful. Some people aren't bothered by aggressive roosters. Or they have a setup where the rooster can't get to them. Sorry and best of luck.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I'd say he's getting aggressive and you're rehoming him for the sake of your children. You want folks to know. Then again, an alpha-type person may never have a problem with him. It'll be up to the new owner what they do with him. If you don't want him to go for meat, don't ask what they plan to do with him.
  4. mrlacewing

    mrlacewing Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2012
    Thanks for the advice. He has two hens. I think part of the problem is that they are pretty tame and always running toward me for treats, which makes the rooster nervous now that there is some sort of competition.
    There's lots to learn but its still fun, even when I feel the need to carry a stick.

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