Rooster attacking my kids

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hensinmaine, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. hensinmaine

    hensinmaine Out Of The Brooder

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    Our 8 chickens are all 5 months old. The lone rooster started pecking my kids last week. Yesterday, we got our first two eggs. I am sure the two are connected.

    He goes after my 5 year old whenever he is alone. I am guessing because he is smaller. We're training our son to act dominant, but he's scared because the rooster has drawn blood twice.

    Any tips on training a cock not to attack us?
     
  2. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You must have had done something to upset the rooster.It will be hard getting him back in shape.Try not leaving the roo by himself.He may be upset he has no hens,not able to mate,and he's lonely.If not being able to mate it makes most male animals ubnoxious and unpredictable.
     
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  3. hensinmaine

    hensinmaine Out Of The Brooder

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    No change in our routine, nor behavior toward him or the flock. We have 7 hens. He is mating with them regularly. He jumped out of the coop one morning when my daughter opened the door as usual and immediately flew down before she could get the ramp up and started attacking her.

    The next day, my son was in the yard, playing and the rooster jumped on him from behind. He chased him all of the way into the house, scratching his arms and legs.

    He doesn't attack my husband and I and often leads the flock around the property to eat near us while we're cutting wood or doing yard work.
     
  4. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    all I have to say is get rid of it! We had a rooster just like that we tryed to help change but it was no good. Either cull or give it away is my advice.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    5 months is when they really start the hormones flowing, they are all sexually maturing and will act rather high strung until they mature more in the next few months.

    Littler kids with their high voices and jerkier body movements can set off a cockerels danger alarms and his first reaction is to attack. Human behavior is important and it doesn't take much fear for the bird to feel it and take advantage, it can be hard for an adult to be aware and control their behaviors, let alone a little kid.

    Unless you do some serious research fast and assertively train yourselves to handle the bird, even then sometimes they are just aggressive genetics, one of your kids may be seriously injured.

    If you don't plan on hatching eggs(even if you do, you can get fertile eggs somewhere else), there's really no reason to expose your family to a nasty cockerel.
     
  6. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably defedning his flock.
     

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