Rooster aggression...Can you nip it in the bud before adulthood?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TJ, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. TJ

    TJ Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Hi, I just read another post on here about Polish roosters known for being aggressive and I have one... He's a 4 mo. old Buff Laced Polish Roo' and he's starting to do this lil' strut around me when I'm visiting the chickens. I also have a Golden Laced Wyandotte (same age) that is going to be a HUGE rooster when he reaches adulthood, and he is starting to do the same thing.

    I read somewhere that if a rooster starts to show aggression that you are supposed to hold them by their legs upside down and walk around a lil' while with them like that and that is supposed to break them of it...Has anyone else heard of such a thing? Do I continue to try and be friendly and try to show them that I'm the dominant one? Is there a way to curb this aggression or does this mean I have to live with it or get rid of them two?

    Thanks for the advice and have a great day!
  2. chickonaroost

    chickonaroost In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    You have to become the 'alpha rooster'. When you go out with treats, let the hens have it first-keeping the roo back. (you'll be the 'provider')
    If he comes at you, raise your 'wings' and don't back down. If he tries to peck or flog you, give him a swat. You have to be consistent with all of this and it still may not work. I do all of the above and my roo respects me. However, he will not let my sons or DH near the girls without a's game on with them.
    Good luck!
  3. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    I've heard the hanging trick

    I've also heard the love them to death trick...just hold them and kiss them and don't let him go until it's on your terms

    I don't let my roo crow from above a matter of fact he's not allowed perched on anything around me.

    When I give treats...I do a "chick chick chick"---it's not all that different than when he finds something to eat and calls over the hens to give it to them....

    Basically, you have to assert yourself as the ALPHA.

    NOw. that being said....I've also heard that polishes can be a handful, especially bantams and especially if they're the only roo.

    Then again, I know someone who has a single bantam polish with the nicest composition and he's never given her grief.

  4. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I have 23 11 week old pullets. When my baby roo died I went out and bought a year old roo for flock protection. He was used to being the man in charge. I'm still breaking him of that. I kill him with kindness. Give him treats and touch him as much as I can. He's pretty tame now but I still don't want him to lose his "wild side" because he is here as a flock protector. I don't want him going soft on me.
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    You have to establish yourself as the dominant being.

    Never, ever back away from him, at the first sign of aggression catch him and hang him upside down by the legs. He'll flap his wings and carry on for a few seconds then calm down and just hang there, he's showing you submission and in about a minute of this you can let him go.

    Be consistant, do it absolutely everytime he gets "cocky" with you, and you will rule the roost.

    This will in no way effect his instincts as a protector of the hens, he is still the dominant one when you're not there.
  6. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    I have found that many roosters mellow with age. Maybe they realize that you are not competing with them or threatening the girls. I have some polish Tolbunts that are very mello, but in the past I had a wcblack cockerel that got mellowed out with an ax. He went spurs first at my niece and that isnt tolerated.

    Generally I just ignore the roosters entirely and go about my business. If they flog me once or twice, I'll kick them off my leg and let them decide whether we are gonna play "who's bigger". If they dont learn really quickly, then I figure they will always be a problem and they get locked up or lopped off.


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