Rooster 15 weeks old

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicky1016, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my rooster is already starting to show signs of dominance. He hasnt attacked anyone yet but will walk up to you and do his little rooster growl and act like hes going to do his sideways dance. If you try to "shoo" him away, he stands his ground and doesnt move. Hes so young and this has me concerned that he's going to be mean. And he's big! Hes bigger than some of my hens already. His dad was a non agressive olive egger... am i on to something or could he mellow out? He hasnt even reached maturity yet and i know it could get worse. Should i give it some time or get rid of him now?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Be calm and confident...always make him get out of your way.
    When he does that calmly walk towards and thru him, not around him.
    Don't get upset or angry, don't yell and/or hit/kick him, just keep walking towards him slowly and calmly keep him moving for 30-60 seconds.
    Have you coddled and held and pet him a lot?
     
  3. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do lack that calmness with him. I am leary. And I have thrown things at him lol. I have to work on that and since I am 99% of the time the one that feeds them, I have to deal with his dumb self. I do hold him a lot
    Once in a while he will even sit on my lap and I'll pet him. Should I do that?
    I'll keep that walking through him thing in mind, rather than around him. Because that's what I have done.
    I really want to keep him. He's really prettyou and he's going to be huge. And I know he'd be great protection for my flock. Not to mention I'm the one that saved his life when his mom abandoned him as soon as he hatched. The ungrateful jerk.
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  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    He should not be willing to jump right up on you. If you pick him up and set him on your lap, it's a completely different thing. In the first situation, he's the one in control. In the second situation, you are the one in control. You always need to be the one in charge. ALWAYS. Be calm and confident. It's all about your attitude. If you are scared, nervous, anxious, or insecure, he will sense it as a weakness. And he will exploit it. He's not being ungrateful, he's being a rooster. You aren't behaving like you're the boss.
     
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  5. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He should not be willing to jump right up on you. If you pick him up and set him on your lap, it's a completely different thing. In the first situation, he's the one in control. In the second situation, you are the one in control. You always need to be the one in charge. ALWAYS. Be calm and confident. It's all about your attitude. If you are scared, nervous, anxious, or insecure, he will sense it as a weakness. And he will exploit it. He's not being ungrateful, he's being a rooster. You aren't behaving like you're the boss. 
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    I know I was just joking about the ungreaful part. I know he's still got a chicken brain regardless. Yes I pick him up. He doesn't jump up on me.
    Good info today. Thanks!
     

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