Rooster is nasty

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brown egg 25, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. brown egg 25

    brown egg 25 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a rhode island red rooster who is very aggressive. First it was my wife he went after which isnt good but she can defend herself. Then my 2 year old daughter got scratched on her back by him while i was in thete with her. Finally past couple days hes been coming after me, I will put him in his place. We got these chickens as something to do as a family now my wife and daughter won't even go in the run and want nothing to do with them. I dont want to get rid of the rooster because he takes care of the flock hes stopped a hawk on more then one occasion and a cat believe it or not. Hes very tough which is good and bad i guess. Any suggestions would be helpful.
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Invite him to dinner and replace him with a rooster with better manners. Seriously, there are too many nice boys in need of a home for you to put up with a mean one. If you decide to hatch chicks, he will pass that attitude on to his offspring.
     
  3. brown egg 25

    brown egg 25 Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't tell me that yes we planned to hatch chicks.Nothing else can be done?
     
  4. ChickenHermit

    ChickenHermit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's pretty rare to get a roo to calm down once he turns out to be aggressive- it's hard-coded. RIR roos are known for having an issue with that, in particular, I believe. Might be best to give him away and not ask questions, and watch craigslist and such for a better mannered one to look after your girls.
     
  5. ChickenHermit

    ChickenHermit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just to clarify- by give away, I mean to someone who may likely eat him. You would be saving a nicer rooster from the same fate, so it kind of balances out.
     
  6. brown egg 25

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    Ok if anyone eats him it will be us. This is pur first flock didn't know roos could be nice.
     
  7. Paganrose

    Paganrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seriously- Mean rooster stew. with my first chickens I had a mean rooster just like that- Very good at keeping predators away and warning for hawks. He even messed up a stray dog pretty bad. I kept him to try and rehabilitate him. But his attitude never adjusted for more than a day or so before he was back to challenging the adults. Kids couldn't go near him at all. The next spring We butcher him after incubating a bunch of eggs. All the roosters we hatched we just as mean.
     
  8. ChickenHermit

    ChickenHermit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some roos can be really lovely! I've had good luck with barred rock and buff orphington roos myself- big enough to protect the girls, but typically well mannered, at least the ones I have known.
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Rooster can be very sweet and friendly. Most are at least respectful and give the humans a wide berth. Aggressive ones are dinner. Roosters that are not human aggressive will be just as good at protecting the flock.
     
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  10. brown egg 25

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    Yea well he is horrible and i used to carry him around he was my favorite of our flock but hes just different now. I guess dinner is all we can do.
     

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