Rude rooster... any advice?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by branandi, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. branandi

    branandi In the Brooder

    Oct 6, 2016
    So my pretty roo has in the last 4 months become quiet aggressive. He never did this until after I had a hawk get 3 ducks and one of my hens. He jumps on my leg if I go into the yard. He even has started running up to my hens, acting like is going to attack them. Any tips to calm him back down again?

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I personally might pen him up for a bit to see if he calms down. Some roosters seem to PTSD after an attack and will than be hyper-agressive, and over reactive.

    Otherwise try carrying something like a fishing net or broom to block him and remind him such behaviors aren't tolerated.
  3. jerseynew

    jerseynew In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2017
    Channel Islands
    I have the same prob! My roo is aggressive towards anyone really. In fact my hand is aching from the last attack. He is still young and a rescue so am hoping his hormones will calm down soon. I have read about carrying them around while doing chores.....try catching him! He is a big beautiful beast but I can't have this long term..?.any ideas pls?
  4. Ol Grey Mare

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

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop

    If you are determined to try to rehab him I would suggest reaching or to @centrarchid for insight on rooster management
  5. jerseynew

    jerseynew In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2017
    Channel Islands
    I am hoping he will calm down as he is only young. But thx! I will try contact central hid [​IMG]

  6. meetthebubus

    meetthebubus Crowing

    Mar 28, 2017
    In my experience I had 3 roos who cuddled until they got hormones and then they got mean and stayed that way. They became dinner though I loved them, they were just horrible. The I got Roo, who never wants to be touched but will eat from my hand has never charged or corralled me and respects and trusts me Wether he was a baby or now a year old rooster so in my opinion, they don't change (unless they were adult when the change happened than it could just be stress and they might forget and go back to normal overtime)
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  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Might be why he was a rescue. Be very careful if you have anyone else visit your place. If you have small children I would strongly recommend culling this bird. Rotten roosters have ruined the whole chicken experience for a lot of people. Generally speaking, attacks get worse in small areas, where most backyard chickens are kept. Some roosters attack once, sometime they never stop.

    I have had good luck catching birds with a fish net on a 4-5 foot handle. Once I had him caught, I would give him a hot bath with noodles, carrots and onions. I can never quite understand the reasoning of keeping any dangerous animal, that is attacking the hand that feeds them. Several people have posted some wicked injuries caused by their roosters. Even if you get him to respect you, he will try it on anyone else he meets.

    Mrs K
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  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    This excellent bit of advice is copied from a post by my friend and mentor, Bee Kissed. She has many years of poultry experience to back her up:

    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. meetthebubus

    meetthebubus Crowing

    Mar 28, 2017
    My personal belief and experience is if you need a stick to control a bird than that bird is no good they are intelligent and if they are a normal bird than they will behave with words and commands (to a certain point) I never use sticks or any sort I personally feel it cruel bc they are scared of it. Although again if you need it to protect yourself than that bird is no good in my opinion

  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.

    I respectfully disagree - to a point. I agree that using a stick to "protect" oneself could be cruel, depending on how that stick is used. But I think the use of a light switch as a training tool to teach respect is a different thing entirely. You're not beating him with it, you're not terrorizing him with it. You're just teaching him to be wary in your presence. Just like he would be in the presence of a dominant bird.
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