Yes, he is not free ranging anymore because I’m not a gambling person and in the past he’s calmed down and then out of the blue he went back to his attacking ways. He’s doing good right now so I have no intentions on making him chicken stew. He is really good with his hens so that’s a plus.Have had a few roosters that met there maker from attacking the wife. My opinion is once they start attacking it is hard to get them to stop, they may seem to calm down but than a week later there back at the attitude again. Last thing you want is anyone nervous about being out with your flock. The experience with the birds should always be good for kids ect.
X2Don't blame yourself by thinking that you caused his aggression because you did not handle him much as a chick. Our first rooster was handled daily and hand fed to tame him because I had read that doing so would make it less likely that he would be aggressive. Not true. He clearly doesn't see us as a threat but he does try to attack and dominate us. (Perhaps due to seeing us as members of his flock?) Our second rooster was hen raised, with us around daily, but he was not handled at all. He has never shown any aggression toward us. I think that its just the luck of the draw what kind of rooster you get.
I was just talking to my husband and he told me that even as a young cockerel he was feisty and would peck at him but back then he was young with no spurs and the bites weren’t bad. So I guess he may just be rough rooster. He does real well at protecting his flock so I’ll give him that. But I do think with us it won’t ever be a friendly relationship just maybe a tolerable one since my husband did show aggression back.In a previous aggressive rooster thread I discussed Raptor, one of my RJF hybrids, that was human aggressive. I've since given him to family, but I can vouch for some of the info given in this thread.
Raptor absolutely read my body language. My 40 acre farm is in the middle of the woods and its full of venomous snakes. When I'm doing work out away from the house out in the woods or the blueberry fields I often wear knee-high snake boots. When I'm in the yard or around the barn and chicken coops, I'm barefoot and in shorts. When Raptor started puffing up at me and charging but stopping just short of me, I'd smack the crud out of him with my foot or a stick. Once I hit him so hard as to possibly break a wing or a rib based on how it changed how he carried his wing. As time went on he went to flogging me and I'd give him a wide birth if I didn't have a stick in my hand. He's hit my calf when my back was turned. But when I was in snake boots, he wouldn't touch me. He'd run if I walked close. I carried myself differently because I knew he couldn't hurt me.
When his spurs developed I locked him up and recently gave him to my mother to be her brood rooster. She tamed him within a week. Now he's as friendly to her as can be. First, she has no fear of him. She's a tough old Cracker woman who's been handling roosters her whole life and simply lacks a fear of a flogging rooster that I have. Second, Raptor probably hated me personally because of how I'd beat him down for showing the slightest aggression to me. Raptor's brothers were given to other family members and although they all puff up like he started with me, their owners don't hit them and the puffing never progressed to flogging.
I do have to disagree with the notion that human flogging is normal behavior from roosters to be accepted if one is to keep roosters. None of my childhood roosters displayed any human aggression across several breeds, and my dominant rooster Hei Hei, who is also a RJF hybrid, was dominant over Raptor but is as friendly to me as can be. I do believe that sometimes human aggression is a manifestation of insecurity. Those very confident roosters I've known were always fine with humans. And where all of the brothers from my first RJFH brood showed human aggression at adolescence, except 1, and the 1 looks physically different than the other brothers that share among themselves nearly identical traits, I do suspect human aggression also often a genetic trait. I do agree with the notion of trading out roosters until you get the one you want. When everything is said and done, they're just chickens. Trade away until you get one that suits you.
I have to make a correction. A short time ago I received some updated pictures of Raptor's brother and the owner told me he has progressed to flogging.Raptor's brothers were given to other family members and although they all puff up like he started with me, their owners don't hit them and the puffing never progressed to flogging.