Silkie Rooster chasing and biting feet

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mrsfoote, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Mrsfoote

    Mrsfoote Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    Laurel Montana
    So my beloved questionable silkie Ethel turned into a rooster and is now a house roos in town well since hes started crowing he chases everyones feet and bites them got both my small kids ankles....any ideas....on how to fix this lovely habit.
  2. farmgirl1995

    farmgirl1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2010
    Purchase a Super Soaker and when he comes after you blast him:)
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    An attack tribble!

    The kids are actually Klingon spies...
  4. Mrsfoote

    Mrsfoote Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    Laurel Montana
    Anyone else....
  5. oconnorfamily25

    oconnorfamily25 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    try attaching bells or something that makes a frightening noise to your feet........should deter him enough to make him stop. good luck!
  6. Mrsfoote

    Mrsfoote Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    Laurel Montana
    So I'm thinking he does what he is doing is cuz he wants to mount? Cuz he dances in a little circle then stomps his feet and goes in for the kill
  7. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Merritt Island
    A.T. Hagan :

    An attack tribble!

    The kids are actually Klingon spies...

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I call my little girl a tribble all the time! I was wondering if anybody else had noticed the similarities!!!​
  8. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You're going about this the wrong way. He has no desire to mate with you, only to dominate. This is blunt, but true: you cannot get rid of this problem, only manage it, at best. And even that can be difficult to do. Obviously the choice is yours, but I'd make careful choices if kids are involved, especially if the rooster is in the house. Everyone's in each other's space and there's no limits.

    You also have to understand that unlike the average outside-rooster, you're all living together in one big 'coop' in a chicken's eyes. A large part of why this may have started is because Ethel already thinks you're below him in the pecking order (why he dances around you and bites) and is now treating you like another chicken that must be put in their place because you're threatening his status, much like a dog with dominance issues. Although this happens to outside roosters too, I'd put a large amount of money on the contributing factor being that you are all under the same roof and Ethal feels violated and challenged more than usual. (Though honestly, this was a time-bomb waiting to explode. Roosters may 'become' aggressive, but obviously they would have eventually or not at all.)

    You can't pity him or baby him. That will make the issue worse. Unfortunately, it sounds as if you're attached (very much if the bird actually lives in the house!) so care management will be difficult. This issue will get worse unless you attempt to contain it. Even then, these are now habits, hormones, and instincts that are running him. I had my own 'Ethel' once: Black Silkie, too. He was a dear when he was young until maturity began to set in. Then he started to dance around me and then biting. After that, an experience it sounds like you have not had the chance to deal with yet: came the lunging and full-on attacks. That is what you're in for. I'd think long and hard about your values here. Vicious roosters are either a losing battle or a battle that goes nowhere. I have yet to get rid of a bad rooster's bad habits when I run into a mean one. That particular Silkie I mentioned became too much for me. I no longer had the patience, as everything I tried failed. Kids are at risk. I *am* a kid and was an even younger kid when I dealt with this bird. And I can tell you that once the spurs went flying, I adorned thick boots and long pants every day, because otherwise my legs would get cut up. It was too much.

    As far as what to do about this, do a search for aggressive roosters. Most decent advisors will say something about subduing the rooster and carrying him around until he submits. I wish you luck. And be careful. Out of every aggressive rooster I ever had, my Silkie packed the biggest punch.

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