No you’re still missing the point. He *thinks* he’s in charge. You still can go pick up hens as most people should to look them over from time to time. You are the human of course you’re actually running the show unless somehow the rooster brings the feed bucket?OK - I went back to page 1 and read again. I will respectfully disagree that the rooster is in charge and not me. It’s my flock and my space. He can be the flock leader and do all the things that entails. But if I want to walk among the hens or pick one up for some reason or another (which I rarely do), I will do so and he won’t challenge me. That’s a good rooster in my opinion.
I totally agree. I do believe a lot of problems are caused by the way they’re kept and raised. Not so much anyone is doing something wrong but they’re inadvertently making things more stressful for the cockerels.Seems to me the reason these rooster threads become so contentious is because there just isn't any one size fits all best way to deal with cockerels/roosters.
There are show, game, pet, production and hatchery bred birds, with completely different temperaments depending on how carefully they are bred.
Birds that weigh anywhere from 2 to 20 lbs, some that can REALLY hurt you, the others not so much.
We have roosters housed by themselves, in small breeding groups, in tiny TSC coops, in spacious pens or pastures and free range.
They might have 2 hens or 200 hens to themselves, they may be the only rooster or there are lots of different roosters and cockerels, pullets and hens around. Some have plenty of room, others are all crammed together.
Some are babied and snuggled with and handfed from the day they are hatched, others come up hardscrabble getting their butts kicked everyday by other birds and/or humans, having to fight for their food and position from day one. Then there are the lucky ones that get to grow up just being chickens in a plentiful, stable environment.
All these birds come from a different place and have vastly different attitudes based on how they were bred and raised up. What works for one rooster, might not work at all for another rooster in a different situation.
IMO the main thing to keep in mind when dealing with cockerels is that there's not so much going on in those tiny little brains as some people seem to think there is. They didn't suddenly turn on you, they're not plotting against or out to get you, they don't hate or love you, for the most part they aren't even thinking about much of anything, they are just acting on instinct.
No need to get your feelings hurt, wage war against them, or institute any elaborate training programs. Let them be a rooster and do what roosters do, if for whatever reason they become dangerous to humans or other animals, eliminate them, no muss, no fuss.
I would think people would try to find out why it happens instead of eh just kill em.
How is your rooster now?Hello-
Need help understanding my rooster's behavior. I hatched this handsome guy, hand fed him, held him and have been around him every single day. He is 28 weeks old and was introduced into my larger flock of 20 hens and one older rooster about 3 months ago. He is definitely rooster number two and gets chased/shooed away by the older rooster but the pen is massive and they have heaps of room. Very stress-free area. We are in Hawaii so year round warm weather. Anyway, today I did the usual. Fed everyone and started cutting open some papayas. I feed many of the hens by hand then place the papaya down in front of them. As I turned my back to get another papaya my rooster lunged at the back of my legs I guess (I didn't see it but felt it). I turned around and he was standing there. My instinct was to posture back to let him know I am the boss so I charged at him and he ran off. WHY on earth would he attack me? This has never ever happened and I am in shock. Advice welcomed and appreciated!