rooster issues

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DrDean, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. DrDean

    DrDean Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2013
    Auburn Alabama
    Hi. Our chickens (17 hens and 1 rooster) are about 25 weeks old now. We are getting a few eggs each day. The rooster is not aggressive around me at all. But he attacks anyone else who goes in the pen unless I am with them. I have to travel with work occasionally, so this is not acceptable. Any ideas?
  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    There are lots of articles and tips about dealing with an aggressive rooster. (Google search it and search on this forum.) Personally, the tips have never worked with us. Our last mean one kept stepping it up until he attacked my 6' foot tall son when he turned his back, and ended up breaking the heated waterer in the process.

    Needless to say, our new policy is no mean roosters. Although, if you like him then certainly try the tips. We may have just lost patience before they started working.

    Good luck!
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Hatchet, stump and crockpot.
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  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Sorry to say there does not appear to be any way to reliably change that sort of behavior. There are many nice roosters out there, free to a good home. Any rooster with an attitude around here is history before they hurt someone (and they can, especially children)
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    No reason in the world to keep any animal that attacks humans. There is no redeeming qualities to make up for human aggression.

    And please, please do not breed him. Temperament can be inherited, and you'll just get more mean birds.
  6. crazyfeathers

    crazyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2013
    Auburndale, Wi
    I just culled our main man yesterday. He was aggressive, attacked my husband numerous times and me a few. Yesterday he stuck his spur right through my boot and pant leg. I did the responsible thing and culled him, I will not be looking over my shoulder wondering when his next attack will be. We have kids here a lot as we have lots of other animals and I will not take the risk of having one of them getting injured. We have 2 other roosters, Cody a banton and Hannible a De'uccle and so far so good very sweet roosters. I want to enjoy my chickens, actually today I got more eggs than I did in the last month, maybe the girls had enough of the big rooster too and can finally relax and grow some feathers back. Never feel bad for culling an aggressive roo, it's sad yes but best for you and possibly your flock too. Good luck on your decisions.
  7. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    True!! I kept the mean one from my previous post because he was my breeding rooster. Now one of his offspring is terrorizing my friend's family that I sold the chicks to. That is also part of why I'll no longer tolerate mean roosters - even if it means not being able to breed.

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