someone is being a naughty boy!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by summerb123, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2016
    Hello peeps! [​IMG]

    My rooster Oscar is a year old and a week ago his attitude started to change! he use to be very mellow and nice to the ladies, but something has changed! we put are chickens on poultry vitamins and finally has sickle feathers, and I guess a newly found attitude ! And NO, I'm NOT sending him off to freezer camp! He has attacked my sister 2 times charged me so many times I cannot count! He is not letting the hens have any food, just hogging it all for himself. He with the hens will fight over treats! and if I give a treat to the hen I'm the one he goes after until he gets food! can anyone help me with this behavior! I will not tolerate it any longer!


  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    Hi there.
    I know what I would be doing with him if I were you!
    I see you don't want to kill him.
    1.Maybe you could give him away and let the new owners know what he is like,
    2.You could separate him from the hens during feeding time,
    3.Separate him from the hens and put him in another pen,but let him see the hens(put his pen beside the hens)
    4.Or the freezer! (Which you don't want)

    I think if you want to keep the rooster the best thing to do is no.2-3.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Do you need a rooster for breeding? You have some good options there from @Chickengrass (but the one option you do not wish to consider would be my only option [​IMG] )
  4. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2016
    well kinda I guess we plan to hatch eggs from him....
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Do you have plans for the excess cockerels? So peeps may suggest that breeding from an aggressive roo is not a good idea. I merely sharing, not making any recommendations - you do what works for you (I know i do [​IMG])
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    I wouldn't breed an aggressive rooster. What you need a rooster who is nice to his girls and respectful of his human caretakers. While I thoroughly understand your desire to avoid killing your rooster, we must make these difficult decisions. I, too, am a wimp when it comes to killing roosters so I give them to people with full disclosure. These people will process them and feed their families. Honestly, I'd rather roosters be part of the food chain then be part of a cock-fighting ring and used as a training bird.

    Rehome this rooster and find another who will suit your needs. And don't forget young cockerels will be nice but when the hormones hit they will turn into what nature wanted them to be: Protective breeding machines that will defend their flock. Roosters are not pets. Don't expect them to be pets. It is their nature to be number one in the flock so they can earn breeding rights. Be mindful of what they are and don't give them a chance to attack. I've trained my roosters to roost when I enter the pen. If they don't I chase them around with a 'grabber' or fishing net until they go to the designated spot which can either be a certain roost or a corner. Smart roosters will instantly go to the 'safe' zone. The not so smart youngster may posture at me only to get pushed and bullied until they go to where I want them. The idiot rooster goes to crock-pot therapy.

    And never, ever tolerate a rooster who bullies hens, makes them bleed, and won't let them eat.

    Here Stan the Man tolerates a beak-lashing from a low ranking hen.

    Real Deal Steele submitting to a dominant hen. Note his frayed hackles feathers due to over grooming by the hens. I had to actually remove him and place him with less aggressive hens.

    Dapper Dan proved too aggressive for the hens. While he's smart enough for me to train and will roost the instant I enter the coop, I can't tolerate his abusive behavior toward the hens. He will go to the man down the road.
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  7. JanetMarie

    JanetMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 23, 2014
    A good rooster does not attack you, or family members, but knows you are the caregiver and does not challenge you. When you come with treats for the group he will cluck to let the hens know its yummy snack time, and he lets the hens eat first. One of my boys would not eat the snacks at all, but was happy to give it all to the hens. A good rooster never chases the hens from food.

    The responsible part of breeding and keeping chickens is that you have to be able to butcher roosters of bad behavior and extras. By re-homing a rooster you could be sending him to a miserable life. There are many roosters in need of re-homing who are very well behaved, who would be deserving of a good home before one who will never be good. If it's not an option to butcher any roosters ever, then it's best to only keep hens.

    If you are intent on keeping him, he will need a separate living area from the hens, and you always have to expect to be attacked. He will not like being kept by himself and will probably make him more aggressive towards you and your family members.

    If you want to breed him, be aware that his mean genes will more than likely be passed on to his offspring, including female offspring.

    ETA: The behavior of your rooster cannot be re-trained.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2016
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  8. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    He attacks your sister? Charges you? Naughty Roo's taste the best from what I hear....

    IDK, I a new but it seems that you need to get the upper hand and show him who is in charge, unless you are ok with him being in charge[​IMG]

    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    This is the reality of chicken and livestock husbandry. Being a responsible owner/ breeder means selecting good individuals, not idiot jerks who attack the folks who bring food every day! You've gotten great advise already, and all the best from me too. Mary
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  10. cowgirljr

    cowgirljr Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 8, 2015
    Norco california
    Is he putting weight on?

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