Rooster turned mean...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SillyBird, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. SillyBird

    SillyBird Out Of The Brooder

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    So my meat king pet, Kiwi, is about a year old and a few months ago he unfortunately became aggressive towards me despite formerly being a true dear bird who received alot of attention. I would like to know how long this aggression lasts...5 or 6 months as the internet states? or longer? forever? He lives with his meat king hen Coconut of the same age. So he tries to attack me every time I go into their coop and he is too big to 'pick up and carry around' as has been suggested on the internet...to show him 'who is boss'. I have ended up kindly inverting a laundry basket over him whenever I go into their coop, just long enough to put down the feed and water, then take the basket off and make a quick exit as he might either run for the food or go after me again, before I leave the coop. Please note the laundry basket is a light weight one with holes in it...if that sounds any more 'humane' and he is only under it for about a minute. The other option is to keep rolling him over gently with my foot as he goes after me which i don't like doing. He is making my life with my birds miserable. I am scared of him. I understand it is his hormones and he can't help it. I don't feel I can simply rehome him as who would want him...he may become abused...etc, and I am responsible for him as he and the hen were held back on processing day for a reason...because they were runts and I cared about them. But I can't spend any quality time with the hen, Coconut, who is a dear hen, so I'm wondering what I should do. I feel I might have to take him to someone who can end his life in a humane way and be done with it...but that is not an easy thought / out for me. We have just built a new coop which accomodates two laying hens on one side (who hate the meat kings) and then the meat kings on the other...so there is no room to divide it again and put the rooster 'monster' in another space you see. Anyway, thanks to anyone who is reading this and I would appreciate any ideas you may have.
     
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Honestly, turn him into soup. He's not going to get better. It takes about a year for a rooster to really show his true temperament. That kind of aggression, for no reason what so ever, will not get better. He will get worse. And he is now a serious liability to rehome or keep.
    In my opinion, there is no reason to put up with an aggressive rooster.
     
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  3. azjustin

    azjustin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If he's too big to do some serious attitude adjustment, he'll probably fit into a crock pot just fine.

    Like @junebuggena said, there is no reason to put up with an aggressive rooster. Especially if he is making your life miserable.
     
  4. AuntNomi

    AuntNomi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also agree that a mean roo is not going to get better. And carring them around to embarrass them really doesn't seem to work for anyone I've heard trying it. I read a lot of post on here where people have tried it, and nothing got better. I had a mean roo, I tried everything to keep him, but he got my leg one day and that was it. I had jeans on and his spur went straight thru and made a hole in the jeans as well as my leg, and it hurts worse then you think. He had to go camping at that point. You may find a different alternative that works for you and I wish the best.
     
  5. SillyBird

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    I appreciate all your replies and straight up practicality and honesty. Thank you. : )
     
  6. SillyBird

    SillyBird Out Of The Brooder

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    Another question then...if I did humanely 'dispose' of him in some way...then would his meat king mate--my hen Coconut--be lonely? Our coop is divided in two and she can clearly see the two laying hens on the other side..but they all hate each other so I can never put them together. Do you think she would be alright by herself on the other side? She is a dear hen. Maybe she wouldn't miss him when he wants some....ya know...as he is a big brute. Your thoughts on this would also be appreciated. Thank you... : )
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Given time and plenty of room, they will get used to one another and become a harmonious flock. You current setup is the ideal setup for introducing new flock members, but it takes several weeks of living side-by-side for adults to acclimate to new birds. Then, you can try letting them spend some free range time together. But before you do, make sure there are several food and water stations to reduce territorial behavior. Some chasing, pecking, and fighting is normal when establishing the new pecking order. It's hard to watch or listen too, but it needs to happen.
     
  8. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps


    This right here....

    No...it's never an easy choice to make, but he has had a good life, he was well cared for and made comfortable. But it sounds like it's time.
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The mean ones always taste the best. And adult rooster, when cooked right, tastes just like beef. They are delicious. So much better than those 8 week old Cornish Cross from the grocery store. All you need is a crock pot, some fresh herbs, and a bottle of red wine.
     
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  10. SillyBird

    SillyBird Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks again for your thoughts on this. I don't believe I could eat him though even if we were able to kill him ourselves. I would have to give him to someone to kill him and then if they wanted to eat him that would be alright. He was a pet and kept aside when the rest went that day, because he, and the hen, were much smaller than the rest. He had such foot problems and I cared for him the whole time. This really sucks. But he has had a good life and of course he doesn't understand. I'll try to give him the summer and fall and take my time making a decision. But if he manages to get me good...then it might be sooner than later. Thanks again.
     

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