It’s just a fact about chickens, in the flock, there is a strict pecking order. My husband and daughter (who usually care for our crew) are out of town. My eldest son has always said, “Mom! However, if you find that you are constantly having to deal with aggressive chickens in your flock, it might be time to consider the origins of the behavior. I have a rooster and a bully hen who are super mean, it is our only rooster and he came at the same time as this hen, and they team up against the weakest ones. These challenges can escalate even to death if there is no intervention. Even if you’re angry, you need to avoid hurting him. You may even have to chase him. Roosters are simple creatures – and a snack here or there may convince him you aren’t so bad after all. Young roosters tend to be more aggressive, too, as they’ve just begun to sow their wild oats. Even if you aren’t running away, turning your back will signal to the rooster that you are running away – and don’t think that he won’t take advantage of the opportunity to attack you while your back is turned. Everything about eggs,chicks,hens and roosters. It really works well and if he does attack (which he could), I would just throw the towel over his head and create another unforgettable experience for him! Don’t get a rooster if your neighborhood, HOA covenants or municipal regulations prohibit roosters. The unique anatomy of the bird can cause suffocation and air sac collapse. Are there any other suggestions to help rehabilitate Tiny? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I started to walk away, felt a large presence behind me, turned back and found him coming at me. My friend, Patti, in Mississippi has bantams and they were very aggressive. Pecking is a behavior exhibited by roosters and hens alike but is more likely to be aggressive when it’s targeted at you by a rooster. A couple of years ago, I tried to get the chickens in the house but they wouldn’t cooperate, so, I thought I would stun them by putting a towel over their heads. Plus, you risk losing a valuable member of your flock. The process may take a little while, but be patient. Rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. Too many roosters and they’re going to fight each other and be aggressive as they try to sort out who’s boss. Another common mistake that people make is swinging a bucket as they walk into the coop. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Interacting with your roosters when they are young is a great way to prevent aggressive behavior later on. To really put the icing on top of the cake, you can even pick him up and walk around with him for a few minutes to secure your place at the top of the pecking order! If you are a hen, you listen to the sounds of the rooster; the sounds are all meant for you. Tiny was the runt and to be honest he’s still not quite right. You can sometimes prevent a rooster attack by considering the breed of chickens that you have. If your rooster is young and just testing things or has just started attacking for some inexplicable reason, it might be a good idea to separate him from the rest of the flock for a while. For example my flock rooster battled his way to the top when young, has attacked hawks and falcons, has never attacked a human nor a dog, and at middle age is still quite the ladies man and has remained gentle. You may have a rooster who’s learned to use his spurs. I don’t turn my back on him anymore and regularly scold him with shaking finger when he looks like he might be thinking about it…he keeps it up he will be chicken dinner but for now he still rules the flock. They are yard birds, but they tend to go back into the coop to sleep. He finished, hopped off, turned around and saw me having only just noticed him. Rebekah is a part-time homesteader. In the rooster world, he who runs away, walks away, or hides is the loser, these are his acts of surrender. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. That's what we do with our chicks and pullets when they're growing up so they'll know we're the top hen or rooster. Whether your meanest rooster is a diminutive bantam or a hulking Jersey Giant, there’s nothing laughable about a boss rooster who thinks he rules the roost. Reasoning with the rooster didn’t work anymore. He might just be feeling out the waters, and he needs a break in order to be reminded who is boss. You are the head of the flock and by reminding your rooster of this, you’ll likely give him a sense of complacency. They decided to fight it out. Spread your arms, stare at him, and continue moving toward him, trying to make yourself look as large as possible. With the pecking order established, you become a trespasser when you enter the flock. Avoid wearing these into the coop. Taming Aggressive Rooster Behavior. Scared me SO MUCH, and as an 8th grade Science teacher, that’s saying something. These are tried and true tactics that will work. We’ve only had one rooster we had to do this with in 30+ years. I continued to stare at him as he and the others walked off behind me. There are some people who swear by turning the rooster upside down and walking around like that. They had their own intelligence and their (very limited) flight ability. If you need to go into the coop and aren’t able to prevent an attack, there are several ways you can stop one once it begins. Your email address will not be published. My question is, would the same methods you outlined here work for Tiny since he doesn’t seem to show active aggression? Safety is important for you, of course, but it’s also important when it comes to the rooster. Running down a rooster simply involves walking through the rooster without stopping. Just know that while it’s not the norm, it is something to keep in mind. He will learn you’re not after his job and quit bothering about you. He was a great rooster for the girls, but he loved to run up behind to spur you. You also need to avoid chasing the hens, as he’ll think you’re threatening them or worse, flirting! Today when I went out he ran towards me and when I swatted down to feed them from my hand as I normally do he pecked me hard on the wrist and started to dance around so I continued feeding and then picked him up he acted like nothing ever happened,. I am disabled and struggle to walk, so running is NOT an option. Four females, two males, together since they hatched. Sorted, I hope. You are kidding right? However, I did like the eggs for breakfast and the fried chicken on Sundays. Even chased him around the yard once with a pitch fork… Ultimately karma bit him in the backside and he became a fox dinner… Would have been my dinner but I could never catch the bugger. I would wear a jacket when I was out there, but you can’t wear a thick jacket in the summer! Yep, a rooster Cogburn – get it? Charging, actually. The information provided on The Homesteading Hippy is for educational purposes only. Your email address will not be published.

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