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Young roo is sweet but won't stop pecking me....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by oconnorfamily25, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. oconnorfamily25

    oconnorfamily25 Chirping

    Jul 19, 2010
    My grey silkie roo is still kind of a baby, and he'll snuggle up with you if you pick him up.
    When I put my hand in his box, he comes over and pecks me.
    What should I do to make him stop????

  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Songster

    Oct 9, 2010
    He bites you because it's an enclosed space with no-where to run. He cannot tell who you are unless he can see you [​IMG] It's instinctive, and I would personally leave it be. He sounds like a sweet guy [​IMG]
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I would pick him up and carry him around for a minute or two. I don't coddle roos- even silkie roos. I don't cuddle with them since they are protectors and might turn on me later.

    Show him gently that you are the boss. That you are so powerful but loving that he has no chance.
  4. Mrsfoote

    Mrsfoote Songster

    Jul 19, 2010
    Laurel Montana
    I too am going through the same thing also with a Silkie Roo who took FOREVER to figure out he was a boy now is so hormonal. Mine pecks all the time doesn't matter where he is...in his box in his run out in the open he drew blood the other day and got chased around the house. I would like to hear how to fix this situation we have re named him EL DIABLO.

  5. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Songster

    Question: I have 3 Sumatra cockerels, age 19 weeks. They do this little side stepping dance at the hens, and also at me. I suppose it's a sort of threatening gesture? Is this something all roos do? they are my first. The alpha male really doesn't bother doing it, the #2 roo does a bit, and the #3 does it a lot. Anyone have an explanation for that order? is it because the #3 roo thinks he needs to show more of a force than say the Alpha roo feels he needs to show?
  6. greenriver

    greenriver Chirping

    Dec 19, 2010
    Wilmington, Il
    Quote:Do they drop a wing a little?
  7. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    When they dance, its what they do when they want to mate the hen.

  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    The side step can also be a threat (right before they attack you). Yep. Happened to me before.

    So it is either a courtship display or a warning that you are about to be clobbered.
  9. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Songster

    it definitely seems like a threatening gesture to me, one even tried pecking me today. Trying to re-home them asap, until then going to keep the 2 cocks separated from the others as much as possible
  10. theprimouomo

    theprimouomo In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2010
    I had the same proplrm .... but mine was serious proplrem he pieck me and the chickens but my answer was to give him away to a farm !!! but know my coop is peace full ! like i wanted it to be!!

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