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Roo problem - how to tame a mean one

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tenderft chick, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Tenderft chick

    Tenderft chick In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2010
    We have a mean young roo that keeps attacking my father. If he has to go into the coop area he has to carry a big stick to protect himself. Any ideas on how to break him of attacking my dad?

  2. rungirl

    rungirl Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    With an axe and a pot of scalding water.
  3. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    It's hard and next to impossible. The easiest method is prevention in the first place. I will occasionally charge at a rooster or hold him down for a minuet or so to re-establish who's boss. The person the roo is attacking has to be the one to cure him and establish his place in the pecking order. The stick, water in a squirt gun with soap added that will sting eyes or simply holding the rooster down to the ground are good ways to establish who's boss are all good methods but mostly they don't work after the roo has begun attacking. But it's worth a try...
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Stewpot- 100% success everytime...
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

  6. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Quote:Yep, that's basically how I'd do it. Except I use a kill cone, but same principal. Or he could try picking the dude up and carrying him around a bit, I've heard that works for some roosters. Or walk really fast at them. "Chase" them at a fast walk for a while. If none of those work, the pot it is.
  7. Tenderft chick

    Tenderft chick In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2010
    Jim Dandy is headed that way if he keeps going.

    He is just a year old now, just happens to be a very beautiful Wyandotte - believe golden - beautiful brownish color. Only rooster in about 14 chickens. He does try to attack other people but if sees we can defend ourselves easily will kinda behave. My brother when working with the chickens will pick up and carry around to let him know who is boss.

  8. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Welsh, LA
    I agree with everyone, I just got rid of a mean one. I had just got him scared of a water gun but I wasnt about to carry that around with me all the time [​IMG]
  9. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    If you want to reform him you'll have to be persistant. I've had some luck with holding them down on the ground, but it took more than one time with some.
  10. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Songster

    Some had posted a link to a woman who's expertise is reforming roos. Basically, she holds it under one arm and with her free hand she pushes the roo's head down (so it's level with his back) and holds it. She'll keep doing it until the roo will leave his head down once she removes her hand (I believe she'll remove her hand a few times to test it's reaction). I'm probably oversimplifying it but her method was really that quiet, humane and effective.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011

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