Rooster attacked me :lol: and question about laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by marshmellow, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. marshmellow

    marshmellow In the Brooder

    Jan 24, 2009
    Hi everyone,

    I am a long time reader first time poster [​IMG] I have a little flock of 6 girls and 1 rooster. He is a buff orp (bantam)
    they are all around 10 -12 weeks old.

    I have one Barred Rock who is about 18 - 20 weeks old and has been hiding in wood piles at times could she be laying in there?

    All the Hens behave more like dogs then chickens following me around and eating treats from my hand. Mr. Rooster wants none of that and will never take a treat from me.

    He has always been a bit assertive and recently has begun pulling the one of the girls around in a mean way by the feathers on her head - well I guessed that was just part of he's mating dance. Then today I was leaning in to the coop for something (they were free ranging) when I feel my heel being pecked and he is kicking up a racket and pulling on my pant leg. He's feathers were all ruffled and he was puffing up his chest. He was mad!

    It was pretty funny from my perspective but I am wondering what I could do to show him that I am not a threat and have him trust me like my girls ?


    BTW love this forum!!!
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sounds like your Barred Rock girl could be laying her eggs in the wood pile.

    Here's a good article on putting that rooster in his place: Keeping your rooster sane.

    Hope this is some help!

  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Gently kick/boot your roo.

    If that doesn't work, kick him.

    If that doesn't work, eat him.
  4. marshmellow

    marshmellow In the Brooder

    Jan 24, 2009
    [​IMG] Thanks for the advice!! Seems I have to let him know who is boss!
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    You have to let him know who is boss.

    It won't mean he will hate you (unless you are really cruel to him). Chickens have this pecking order thing going on. You, the dog, cat, neighborhood squirrel, etc. all have to fit in there somewhere.

    If you are assertive - you will probably gain not only their respect but the birds may be calmer just to have you around.

    Your job is to be #1. And if you aren't #1, he will be.

  6. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
  7. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    First of all, [​IMG] WELCOME!!!

    Second of all, the hen that's hanging out in the wood pile is almost certainly laying her eggs out there. She's doing what instinct tells her to do which is protect her eggs from everyone, including you.

    Third, yep, look at Rooster-Red's suggestions, holding them up etc usually convinces them that since you are able to hold them UP leaving their feet dangling helplessly means you are too tough to challenge. A veritable chicken god. I've done it accidentally because I like picking up the birds and petting them and such, so I guess they just got that idea without either of us knowing what was going on.

    The other thing that's worked for me with young ones, is gently ... well, sort of gently, and VERY firmly, pushing them -down- at the neck/shoulders forcing them into the -submissive- role of a hen or what an older roo does over a younger roo, something they do before they start into the -fighting stance- Sounds like yours is just starting to get all macho with you and that might work too.

    Good luck and enjoy your stay here!!

    [edit] Also wanted to say that kicking them (within reason of course) is an emergency response really, keeps their spurs away from you in the moment. It doesn't seem to work in the long run for me though. All circumstances and roos are different though!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2009

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