Roo survey - did you hold them as babies?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chirpy, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I'm curious as to whether holding Roos from the time they are chicks might cause them to become aggressive to people as they get older? So, I'm doing an unofficial survey with your help ...

    I only want to hear from people who have/had Roosters that are/were five months old or older. Most Roos don't seem to turn aggressive until at least that old. The older the Roo the better.

    If your Roo is/was aggressive was he raised by people who held him a lot? If he isn't/wasn't aggressive was he held a lot?

    My girls held our chicks almost every day from the time they were a couple of days old. Our Roo became very aggressive when he was five months old.

    Hope this makes sense.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I treat everyone the same, hen or roo, no idea what makes some go psycho here! Be I handle them all a lot or just maintain their living quarters, each roo in each breed is different. Only if there was a formula.
  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Mine is 6 months, he is not aggressive and has been held maybe once or twice a week since he was little. He has only given me warning noises if he thinks I'm hurting one of his girls but has never come at me....

    I never hurt the girls, they just protest now and then when I pick them up. He does keep a very watchful eye on me but so far is very respectful.
  4. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    I have only had two roo's - one was a full sized - hardly held as a baby turned very nasty and started flogging us when ever we were in the yard - rehomed him
    the roo I have now is a banty - learned from my mistakes and hold him often a few times everyday - he keeps an eye on me when i need to do anything with the girls and has " mocked charged " a time or two when one of the girls made a fuss - but he has never really done anything.
    but roo's were raised by me from tiny little fuzzybutts.

    I dont know what makes them mean - but if I get anymore roos I plan to hold them as often as possible.

  5. Basia

    Basia Songster

    Dec 2, 2007
    NE Ohio
    I hatched 3 roos... same parents... looked almost identical... all three with different personalities! Like kids. I handled all of them allot. The one who didn't want attention at first became the biggest baby. None ended up aggressive although one was a bit more "cocky" than the other two.
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I have 3 roo's, all around 1 1/2 years old.

    1 we raised and handled often, the other 2 were raised by someone else who handled them often.

    When my barred rock was 8 months old he turned aggressive toward humans, but we followed the steps I have listed on my page and were able to modify his behavior. I now have zero problems from him except he likes to pitch a fit when you first pick him up.

    The other 2 acted aggressive for a day, then calmed right down.

    It all depends on the individual rooster, and I don't think handling him often as a chick makes any difference.
    How you handle him as an adult can make alot of difference.
  7. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    my roo (ok, cockeral)was taken everywhere w/ me when he was a baby and lived his first few weeks in a cup b/c he couldnt stand. he is friendlier than any of my hens. and runs to me and goes on walks in his harness! see? his name is peter
  8. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    Bantam Wyandotte...... my son got him when he was 5 weeks old......held often.....could run around the living room..
    About 10 - 11 months old.......has jumped on my legs once when I turned to go out the door. I slapped him, now he keeps his distance if I go in with him but will charge the fence somtimes.
    Has pecked my son a few times but never attacked him. when 3 months old......very seldom held.....about 1 year now......very calm and gentle........will try to get away from you but will allow you to hold him

    Polish, cochins, japs, BR, JG, sebrights.............about 8 months old.........had in brooder box outside, would move to a 6 X 8 pen during the day to run around........we never actually held them but would go in the pen and sit with them.....they were allowed to jump/sit on us and get off at will........except for the occasional peck when we reach out to rub one, all have been very friendly to now.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2008
  9. littlelemon

    littlelemon Songster

    Mar 15, 2007
    We had two roos that we handled as babies. When they reached 5 months they became aggressive toward one another, and the dominant one became aggressive toward us. He bit my daughter and flew at me with his talons out. We butchered him, and once he was out of the picture everything has been just fine. The other rooster has taken over and so far so good, he lets us pet him and has not shown any aggressive behaviour toward us yet.
  10. runamuck

    runamuck Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern michigan
    I have one roo here that is now a yr
    He was handled alot ( I mean alot) He is finger arm trained and will ride on your sholder Loves to be cuddled, hugged and will sit with you for hours if allowed to ( sleeps in my lap) People love him and I love to take him out. He went to 3 fairs this yr and was a wonderful ambassior for chickens. The roo I haven't handled nearly as much are far from mean but a bit flighty but will allow u to hold them without a fuss. These boys are from 3 yr and younger. I have gotten one Demon Bird he was a sebright and was my sons showmanship bird he went mean after fairs and we found him a diffrent place to call home to this day hes not a nice guy.


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