Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Blueyes132, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. Blueyes132

    Blueyes132 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 24, 2016
    Are all roosters mean?
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2017
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    Not all roosters are mean. The ones that are make good soup.
  3. Scarlit

    Scarlit Out Of The Brooder

    May 31, 2015
    Texas, United States
    Roosters aren't mean, usually. Now, when they're young teenagers going through puberty, they can be pretty aggressive to the hens with mating with all those hormones going, but they usually grow out of that and become more mellow.

    Also, when they're young they can start getting dominating or aggressive with you. They're not being mean, per se, they're just acting based off instincts. To be the highest ranking in the flock, and to defend from predators.
    If they're being either dominating or aggressive, usually picking them up and carrying them around in front of the ladies or a swift kick fixes that. :)
    Their breed/breeding can also influence their temperament, but with roosters I think it's more of an individual, case-by-case matter. Silkies (usually) make nicer roosters, and RIR roosters are (usually) described as 'mean', but I think with some boundaries and corrections, 90-95% of roosters can learn to be nice, no matter breed.

    Sometimes you get a real bully, one who is always attacking the hens or being too aggressive. If you get a rooster like that, I'd try to sell it to someone who's looking for an aggressive rooster, or kill it.
  4. Wavechickens

    Wavechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2017
    We've had all kinds. Some super nice and friendly to us and the hens and 'polite' when it comes to breeding.
    Then we've had some that have straight up attacked us even after a couple of years (hoping the hormones regulate) and were aggressive and over breeding our hens (especially his 'favorites') leaving them looking like ragged and bare of feathers and scared.
    All depends on the bird, just like people.
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Not at all -- there are many, many very respectable roosters -- there are many factors that go into how a rooster will turn out...genetics, environment, treatment, etc. I've had absolutely fabulous roosters and I've had (temporarily) some absolute jerks. A lot of the issues people have with roosters are caused (usually inadvertently) by the people keeping them.
  6. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Teeenag years may bee hard,but after that bit all roos are bad,some stay aggressive soem never are.All mine are pets,but still keep their place as lower birds And I stay top boss,never have had a issue.I actually am beginning to enjoy roosters over hens.
  7. Blueyes132

    Blueyes132 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 24, 2016
    I'm really afraid of my rooster. He likes to attack me. I've tried kicking him and hitting him with a
    broom when he attacks but noting has worked. I'm not going to pick him up and carry him around like some
    People suggest. He might clAw my eyes out. Lol
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Well, here are your options:

    1. Leave things as they are and be afraid to go near your flock.
    2. Get rid of the rooster - that means putting him in the freezer or finding him a new home with full disclosure of his human aggression.
    3. Teach him that you are the boss. Beekissed gives excellent advice as to how to do this.

    Below is Bee's advice on how to train your rooster to respect you.

    I'm going to give you a clue on "rooster speak"....holding him down doesn't mean anything to him. If you'll watch how roosters interact between dominant ones and subordinate ones, there is rarely any, if ever, holding a bird down for a long time when there is an altercation. There is very quick flogging, gripping by the back of the head and flinging him away or getting him down and giving some savage pecking to the back of the head or neck. No holding him down and nothing else. That's a rooster on a hen maneuver, not rooster on rooster.
    Because your rooster is attacking you, you are the subordinate in this picture. You are getting dominated by your bird simply because you are walking where a subordinate isn't supposed to be walking when a dominant is in the area. What you never see is a dominant rooster getting attacked by a subordinate rooster unless there is going to be a definite shift in power, at which time the sub will challenge the dom and win...or lose. So far you are losing and not even challenging.
    If you want to win this battle, you must go on the offensive, not the defensive. He who attacks first, and is still claiming the area when the other guy leaves it, is the winner. Some people never have to go on the offensive because their movements in the coop are so decisive that they move and act like a dominant and a 2 ft. rooster is smart enough to recognize a dominant attitude and behavior...which is likely why he's never attacked your husband. Most men move more decisively than do women and children and they rarely step around a bird, but walk through them.
    Carrying him around also doesn't mean anything to just doesn't translate at all. His environment is that coop and run floor and that's where you need to speak to him, in a language he understands. Because they are quick on their feet and can evade you, you need a training tool like a long, limber, supple rod of some kind...cutting a nice switch from a shrub or tree that will lengthen your reach by 5 ft. really helps in this. Don't use a rake or broom because they are too clumsy and stiff and can put the hurts on the guy when you don't really mean to.
    When you enter your coop, walk with decisive movements and walk directly towards your rooster. Move him away from the feeder and the rest of the flock and keep a slow, determined pressure on him until he leaves the coop. The stick will help you guide him. Then...wait patiently while he gets his bird mind around what just happened. He will try to come back in the coop...let him. When he gets a good bit into that coop, take your switch and give him a good smack on the fluffy feathers under his tail if you can aim it well. If you cannot, just smack the floor near him very hard and fast until he hops and runs and keep at it until he leaves the coop once again. Repeat this process until he is too wary to come back in the coop.
    Feed your hens. When he tries to come to the feeder, you "attack" him with the switch...smack the wall by the pop door just as he tries to enter. If he makes it inside, pursue him with the stick either smacking the floor or tapping him on the back or the head until he leaves in a hurry. Make him stay outside while you sit there and enjoy watching your hens eat. Use the stick to keep him from the flock..just him. Don't worry about the hens running and getting excited when this is happening...they will get over it. This is for the future of your flock and your management of it.
    When the hens have had a good tucker....leave the coop and let him come back in. Go out later and walk through that flock and use your legs to scatter birds if they get in your roosters do not step to one side for any other bird in the flock. You shouldn't either. Take your stick and startle him with a smack on the floor next to him when he is least expecting it...make that bird jump and RUN. Make him so nervous around you that he is always looking over his shoulder and trying to get out of your way. THAT'S how he needs to be from now on in your lives together. Forget about pets or cuddles...this is a language and behavior he understands. You can hand feed him and such later...right now you need to establish that when you move, he moves...away. When you turn your back, he doesn't move towards you...ever.
    Then test him...take your stick along, move around in the coop, bend over with your back turned to him, feed, water, etc....but keep one eye on that rooster. If he even makes one tiny step in your direction or in your "zone", go on the attack and run him clear on out of the coop. Then keep him out while everyone else is eating.
    THAT'S how a dominant rooster treats a subordinate. They don't let them crow, mate or even eat in their space. If the subordinate knows his place and watches over his shoulder a lot, he may get to come and eat while the other rooster is at the feeder...but he doesn't ever relax if he knows what is good for him. At any given time the dominant will run him off of that feed and he knows it, so he eats with one eye toward the door. If he feels the need to crow, it's not usually where the dom can reach him...maybe across the yard.
    If your rooster crows while you are there, move towards him and keep on the pressure until he stops. He doesn't get to crow while you are there. He can crow later...not while you are there.
    It all sounds time consuming but it really isn't...shouldn't take more than minutes for each lesson and you can learn a lot as you go along. And it can be fun if you venture into it with the right attitude....this is rooster training that really works if you do it correctly. This can work on strange roosters, multiple roosters and even old roosters...they can all learn. You rule the act like it. Carrying is for have a full grown rooster on your hands, not a baby.
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  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    You need to get rid of your rooster.
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  10. steve232

    steve232 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2015
    North Carolina
    I've had two roosters that decided they wanted to attack me. I have discovered that carrying a bucket of water is a great defense weapon. When they attack meet them with a wall of water. I done it to both of them and the first one never again bothered me the rest of his life. So far the other one has never attempted to attack me again either after getting "baptized".

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