Tips on taming an aggressive rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickens4Life101, May 11, 2018.

  1. Chickens4Life101

    Chickens4Life101 Chirping

    Apr 30, 2018
    We have an aggressive rooster, Brooks. Here are some of the things that are making him friendlier and even able to hold when we couldn't hold him even before he became aggressive!

    1. Start simple. Carry a racket around with you in your run or ranging area. We first just held the racket over his head. (We use a badminton racket)

    2. If he still is aggressive, chase him around your run or ranging area carrying the racket

    3. If he still isn't responding to the fact that you are his boss, lightly hit him with the racket. But hard enough so he won't get mad and charge back at you.

    4. After that, the next time he charges hit him with your racket and kick him.

    5. Some other weapons we use are brooms and umbrellas. Those do make your hens more skittish though, so if you don't want that happening, just stick to the racket.

    6. One reason we found that roosters become aggressive is because they want treats. So we started to whistle every time the chickens were getting treats so he wouldn't attack us for them. We also fed them the treats in the exact same spot.

    7. This is the most important one!! DO NOT ACT SCARED OF THE ROOSTER! Don't back away from him at all! He will think you are scared and think he is your boss, and he will continue to get more aggressive.

    I hope this helped!
  2. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

    Nov 17, 2016
    That approach is almost always a short term fix.
    IMO it won't solve the issue just delay the inevitable.
  3. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

    Feb 28, 2017
    Florida Peninsula
    My Coop
    Interaction works. In my experiences, our only boys that buck-up are the ones in far away breeder houses in low traffic areas of the farm. They never have human interactions.
    My boys in the common areas see me all day. They don't see me as a threat to their interests. I have a giant roo (Sgt. Pepper) that hops on my arm like a falcon and nibbles out of my hand. Follows me around like a lap dog. But he is hard on the other boys- real hard.
    The mean ones are way out of site in breeding housing. I have to pull maintenance with a broom in hand from not spending quality time with them. They are doing their job.. protecting their ladies.
    Folks with problem roos most likely have boys they feed and walk away. Some cases the cock might have a loose screw, most cases it's not sticking around very much with you flock. Then the cockerel just does what it is hard wired to do, be head of chicken security.

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