Rooster Aggression: When does it start and what to do about it?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cicene mete, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. cicene mete

    cicene mete Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    I have a RIR cockerel named Dolly (supposed to be female, but misdiagnosed by Ideal [​IMG] ). When will he start showing aggression towards people and how will it manifest? He's 13 weeks old, mounting his "sisters," and has started freaking out when I pick him up. What can we do now in terms of dominance to avoid problems lated?

    Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    IMO since he is "freaking out" when you pick him up, you don't need to do anything. He's already accepted you as the alpha roo. No subordinate roo likes it when the alpha roo gets after him.
    Of course that doesn't mean you won't face challenges later on, but I'd take a watch and see approach. He may never give you any trouble at all.
  3. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    I have two RIR roosters, Buddy and Big Red. Both are 20 weeks old today. Big Red has not shown any aggression towards us at all. But a couple of weeks ago, Buddy tried to push his luck. He jumped at me several times, on both my daughters, and at one of my sons. But, I read a post on here that said you have to show the roos who is actually boss. The suggestions were made to pick up the roo and hold him until he calms down, if he shows aggression to you. We did that to Buddy once. Since then, he's not even made a gesture as if he's going to attack.
  4. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    They aren't all aggressive. Yours may not be a problem.

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