Rooster Issues!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hegatha, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Hegatha

    Hegatha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Polish Rooster is 5 months and he has been attacking my foot when ever I get close to the hens or pick one up. I am not gonna put up with it but I absolutly love him and dont wanna get rid of him. Is there anything I can do about his behavior?

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  2. kera!

    kera! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I Cant Give You The Answer But I Have The Same Problem.. Hope You Get Someone Who Knows.
     
  3. Hegatha

    Hegatha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep me too!
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Best system for me is more roosters. Aggression directed at each other instead of you. Presently you are what I call the ditherfish, the outsider that gets directed aggression because usuall outlets for aggression not present.

    Consider another polish rooster in separate pen that can occupy your boy from time to time. Make certain they do not fight excessively through wire.
     
  5. DreadElliot

    DreadElliot Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seen some people respond with a broom! Try it a different way. You can tell when he is going to attack right? Try walking away... let him win. YOU ARE NOT A ROOSTER! Also, try giving him some grain before he attacks. Other roosters (invading his territory) do not normally bring yummy scratch, do they. He is attacking b/c he feels his man-hood is threatened. Do not not threaten him.
     
  6. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is lots of advice on here for "gentling" roosters. I had a terrible rooster last year that had to be culled. He was mean and scary. This year, got 2 roos with my chicks. Right now they are about 18 weeks old. I purposely pick the tamer one up very day, and hold him for a few minutes, stroking his back. Sometimes I bend down and stroke his back, forcing him to sit. If he get a little ruffly with me, I stand up and walk up to him, assertively but not overly agressively, and make him move away from me. I keep him moviing for 30 sec. or so. Then I walk away. It's been working well, but today he bit me hard. He got smacked, then I forcibly stalked him and made him move from every spot he chose. That way, I am the winner. Good luck- mine may still end up in a pot!!

    PS- last year I tried the broom thing, but the roo just became aggressive to the broom. He wasn't afraid of it.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Motivation behind attacks maybe varied. Regardless of motivation, lack of communtication may be involved. Rooster wants some response from you, usually move away or submit. Give him neither. If he threatens or attacks, then move into attack. Do not move away as that will be interpreted as submission and may be desired outcome for him.

    I am a big mean dude so I simply ignore the aggression even when flogged which can hurt a bit. If he persist, then remove or cut tips off spurs as they are part of attack I have greatest displeasure with.

    Avoid having bird associate aggression with any sort of food reward, otherwise you are feeding the beast.
     
  8. Hegatha

    Hegatha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Funny thing is he attackes my foot with his beak lol. When he does it I hold him down and tell him no and push him away. Hes such a little Sh*t. I will work with him eventually once we have babies I will be keeping another roo. I told my mom he was gonna be used as a pinyata pretty soon. hehehe
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2011
  9. Orange Ribbon

    Orange Ribbon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My brother did some "communicating" with his mean rooster by punting it across the coop and it never bothered him again. My nephew was too scared to assert his authority over the thing so it continued to attack him every time he entered the coop. Not saying you should do that, but if one latched onto my leg, I probably would. [​IMG]
     
  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Punting works but care must be taken not to do it too hard. Best not to let small children see otherwise too much interest in soccer will be stimulated.
     

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