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Rooster getting more tude

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gabrielle1976, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    We hatched and hand raised several little chicks includeing serama , we got rid of everyone else and kept at the end 2 little serama hens and a little rooster. The hens can be picked up hey dont biter or stratch though they would really prefer to not be handled you can just tell. But they can be handled. The boy was the same way till recently , first it started small , he would hop up on my sons back when my son was scooping up a hen , lately though he will actually charge up and bite or jump to scratch my sons hands and arms when he tries to put fresh food or water into there cage ( they are in door pets) . This last time was the worst and although the peck/bite didnt break the skin my son now has a big blood blister type owie and is very p o' d at the rooster.
    Do they get more agressive , they arnt treated poorly , my son dosnt do mean stuff to them , there arnt any kinds of preditors or anything thats stressing them out and they have been hand reared from day one. SO whats up with the tude , I have been picking him up and holding him till I feel like letting him down and he has to be quite and docile befor I do but although that helps with me he still goes after my son . Being a serama he is really to small to eat lol he would make a tiny boney little carcass.

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    He's a young male coming into his adulthood with all the inherent attitude. Adjust his attitude immediately. When he pecks or flogs, force him firmly to the ground and don't let him up unti he stops struggling. If he comes back at you repeat the process until he gives up. He has to learn that such behavior will be subordinated.
     
  3. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you . I was wondering if it might be something similar but although I have hatched lots of chicks these are the first I have kept till adulthood so Im pretty noobish. I will have to make sure I react right away then cuase all my son does is call him a name then cry for 10 minutes about the owie so Ill have to be the one checking his tude Hopefully I can teach my son how to do it himself , asertivly and firmly but not in any way mean. My son has come to accept some tude as the roo protecting his girls and was really surprised and rather insulted that the rooster attacked him on his own accored this time no hens involved .[​IMG]
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    The thing that concerns me is the possibility of he rooster flying at your son's face. Although he's very small, his beak and toenails might cause serious damage. The behavior is new enough and he is small enough that you should be able to convince him that he is not 'BOSS'. Good luck.
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    He is just being what he is, a rooster. With some work he may learn to be decent. Or he may not, sometimes they get worse. It's literally the nature of the beast, or in this case, the bird. I don't know if your son is old enough to deal with this behavior but the rooster will never learn to be decent with him until your son is able to stop his attacks. And that means knowing when he's likely to attack and reading rooster body language so he knows when it's coming. Tough for a small child to do. As long as he feels like he can dominate your son he will.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    A rooster probably isn't the most appropriate pet for a child too young to discipline an animal.
     
  7. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    My son is almost 8 and they are both mine and his , I just asked him to change the water , I do it alot of the time but some times ask him to if Im doing something and King George decided to be a booger today, I will work with both of them , with my son to help decipline/ behavior modify the rooster and with the rooster himself. In case you havent seen serama , King george is all rooster but only about 1.5 pounds of rooster .
     
  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I strongly recommend you get rid of the rooster. From what you have described, follows a typical pattern often described here. When roosters are hand raised, they lose all fear of humans, and he is trying to establish dominance over your son, as he is the smallest. Many have had limited success with the rooster training, but there are a lot of failures. In my opinion, an adult cam take the risk, but a child should not be put in that position. Even a little roo can cause quite a bit of damage.

    the bites, pecking HAVE been your warning. It will get worse, MrsK
     
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  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, he needs to be dealt with one way or another. Good luck!
     
  10. Courts Clucks

    Courts Clucks Out Of The Brooder

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    I hand raised a rooster and he is coming on 9 months old. He is not allowed out unless I am home. It doesn't matter if I am in sight or not. If I am home, he behaves. He views me as the top dog, the food provider, and his personal protection from his brother. If I am not there, he has attacked my husband and his father. I am afraid of what he would do to my 2 yr old niece. So even though he is my best friend and has never done wrong in front of me, he will be going into the noodles. It just is not worth the risk. The other rooster may not be friendly but at least he is not a threat to my family.
     

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