Rooster stays in coop and pecks me

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Compensation, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. Compensation

    Compensation Out Of The Brooder

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    My BA rooster has yet to leave the coop without grabbing him and putting him out there. I thought he was going to stay by my chickens side in case of predators, but instead is a home body. I don't know if this is normal or if he will run out to their rescue when needed.

    Also he sometimes pecks me when I open the door. No blood yet just purple and red dots and marks on my hand. I noticed this is when I go to fill their feed which is the first thing I do when opening the door. I choose him out of the 5 roosters we had since he was a little more aggressive and his looks. So I figured I would have to deal with this issue at some point. When he does peck me I pick him up and hold him for 5-15 minutes or 5 minutes after his last attempt of escape from my arm.

    Is there anything I am doing wrong or something I should be doing? Thanks!
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, if it were me .... it's time for the stew pot! Seriously, though, if you really really don't need this roo for breeding purposes I would cull him...getting a little too rough I'd say.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How old is he?
    How many hens/pullets do you have?
    Do they free range or are they confined to a run?
    You raised all these birds from day olds?
     
  4. Compensation

    Compensation Out Of The Brooder

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    They are all 18-19 weeks old. Its him and 6 hens. They have a 6x8 coop and a 18x18 run plus the underside of the coop. I raised them from a few days old. They are my profile pic. I would love to let them roam but we have alot of hawks, buzzards, owls, foxes, coyotes, possums, raccoons, and skunks. Not including about 5 or 6 neighbors dogs.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    It's very odd that he won't leave the coop...he doesn't leave the coop at all, ever?!
    Sounds like he's defending the coop from YOU, not a good sign.

    There are ways to 'tame a rooster' but I personally don't abide by them, I believe that roosters are either bad or good(but the bad ones are delicious), so have no experience...but many folks do, so I would suggest that you do some searching here on BYC, there are plenty of long detailed threads discussing techniques.
     

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