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Aggressive Rooster
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Scott    Posted 01-07-2005 at 16:49:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Me and my wife have raised a rooster and 5 hens from the time they were born . They are all about 7 or 8 months old . We also had a rabbit , the rabbit was attacked and killed while we were at work , the rabbit cage was next to the Chicken coop . Now the rooster has become aggressive and has attacked me and my wife . The rooster never showed any signs of aggression before . This is a great beautiful bird & I would hate to get rid of him .
Does any one have any hints on how to get my rooster tame again it has been several weeks since the attack ?

cachon    Posted 01-08-2005 at 10:33:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
well you're not going to believ this,but ithas worked for me in the past, a trick a very old grandfather taught me abotu roosters...take a couple wheel weights,long ones off of a wheel on your car,bend them aorund each leg of teh attack rooster...he will walk funny,but when he tries to rear up and spur ya he won't be able to di it,,,after a couple weeks of thismtake the weights off and place surgical tape on his legs,,,,the first time he tries to jump up and sink them spurs he'll go,pardon the expression here,assover tin-cup! you also may have to trim the flight feathers back an inch or so,I really have done this in the past and it really does work...lemme know

You are obviously    Posted 01-07-2005 at 17:33:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
NOT at the top of the "pecking" order.
I'd let a roster try once to attack me,
at which point I'd grab him and hold him
upside down on the ground until he stopped
struggling, plus a little longer just to be sure
he got the "message" the I was at the top
of the "pecking" order and would not tollorate
any attempts to "unseat" me! :-)

I'll Dispute This    Posted 01-07-2005 at 18:51:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
A rooster or any other chicken has a brain less than 1/2" cubed. Long-term memory is not on the list of a chickens "Things To Do".

Hitting, choking, or hurting a chicken is going to open another portion of the birds brain. This time "fear" takes over. Fear is a strong way to get an animal to behave the way you want. Abuse and fear are separated by a thin line.

Scott, I only offer this because our birds were recently housed at a friends place. They were hit until they "behaved". When we dropped them off, they were laying and would walk up to you with no reservation. We brought them to our new place about two weeks ago and are now getting them back to normal.

Chickens (fowl in general) stress very easily. Please don't choke them. Caponize or remove the rooster if you need to. Personally I don't like them. But then again I don't hatch chicks.

- Peanut

You misread and maybe I o    Posted 01-08-2005 at 09:25:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
You said, "Abuse and fear are separated by a thin line." I had NO intention of abusing, any animal at all! Usually you can "dominate" an animal without hurting it, certianly NOT INJURING it. So it would seem that I did not make myself clear enough for you differentiate that the "holding down until he submitted" was ment to dominate with the minimal amount of force to do it WITHOUT really hurting, especially hurting the rooster. Is that better, I hope?

When my Daughter was in 4th grade she got to bring home from school two chicks, the results of a science "project" the teacher did to show embryo development. It also was an excersize in "responsiblity" for the students in that the eggs had to be regularly turned, kept moist and warm. They turned out to both be hens and we kept them for a year and a half. We handled them every day we had them so they were so tame anyone could walk up to them. That made for fun when I took them for an "outing" the the nursery school at church. I let them loose in the play area where they were more intrested in looking for things to eat than the kids. The brave ones would just walk up to the hens and the hens didn't even stop looking for bugs in the grass. I'd love to do that again, BUT having any kind of animal is a full time committment/responsiblity that I just cannot do right now.

I am sorry to hear that your chickens - really PETS! - were abused while they were not in your care. I hope your chickens "readjust" quickly to their new home.

Errin OH    Posted 01-08-2005 at 09:25:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think you missed the point. he's not saying to beat them daily. But you do need to let him know who's in charge. Every roster I have had gets to a point where they charge me. Grab'em up and hold them down, just for a minute, it gets the point across. If they look at me funny I take bout 2 steps towards them and they back down (they remember).

I did have one bird several years ago that just wouldn't back down. He had my respect but if he came, I met him halfway. Normally we just look at each other when passing. Meanest sob I ever seen. Took on the dog and won. But in the end he didn't taste any different.

Hey Errin    Posted 01-08-2005 at 09:35:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for your "support".

I had to laugh about your one rooster! One of my hens was known to chase the cats we had if they got close. Usually she was more interested in looking for "eats" than anything else. The other was not afraid of the cats, just less aggressive.

Forgot say before, that my daughter thought is was a blast that I could "talk" chicken. By that, she ment that I could call them from across the yard to come and eat a bug I found. Of course, I was just mimicking the "chi,tic,tic,tic" the hen would make to call her chicks to something to eat, which I heard many, many times at my Grandmother's in the barn yard.

You are right    Posted 01-08-2005 at 13:59:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I misunderstood the post. Thanks for clarifying.

- Peanut

Hawk    Posted 01-07-2005 at 17:07:42       [Reply]  [No Email]

put him in time out and get yourself a good water gun and squirt him when he comes at you. i use stag pens for several different reasons and a ill behaved roo is a good reason. they are easy to build.
i use the 2"x4"x4` feild fence. i cut to length 2-4`sections and 1-12`, then connect the 12` section end to end and secure with hog rings and then center the 4` sections and secure for the top and bottom, and then cut out a access door, and cut a peice of fence large enough to overlap the openning and secure it above with hogrings, these will work as hinges. and i use the heavy duty rubber buggie cords for securing the door. i tried the regular bunngie cords once until a smart and angry roo forced his way out so he could get to a grey roo.

side cutters
hog ring pliers
hog rings
2"x4"x4` feild fence
bungie cord

Hey Hawk?!    Posted 01-07-2005 at 17:48:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Frank misbehaving?? He don't look like a happy camper to me! ;-)

Hawk    Posted 01-07-2005 at 18:08:59       [Reply]  [No Email]

no, he`s a good boy, its for his and other roos protection, he and some other young stags got to fighting here a while back and it was time to seperate them. i still have a couple more to pen up before spring.

Geez Hawk    Posted 01-07-2005 at 17:10:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is the cleanest looking chicken coop set-up I have ever seen. Where is all the poop and straw? LOL

- Peanut

Peanut    Posted 01-07-2005 at 16:56:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Remove the testes. Its called caponizing. It is backyard surgery and can be done with a $20 caponizing kit. If you are not up to cutting on your bird (while it is wide awake), then contact a farm vet and see what he/she will charge to take care of the nuts.

You end up with a less aggressive rooster (Now called a Capon). The downside is that you will no longer have fertilized eggs. With 5 hens, I'll bet the hens will be darn happy for the break from the rooster.

Theresa van der Goes    Posted 08-31-2007 at 20:58:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Peanut...

I was searching for instructions on caponizing roosters...and found your backyard version. Do you have any other references, graphics etc? Can I use a little local anesthetic at the incision site? I don't think our local vets would do this I thought I could learn.


Randy    Posted 01-07-2005 at 17:06:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you for all the visuals I have running through my mind now!

mark    Posted 01-07-2005 at 17:11:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
at least the spoon wasn't mentioned

Well ....    Posted 01-07-2005 at 17:18:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I could have gotten into much more detail like>>>>

The testes are located next to the rooster's spine. While you have to open the intestinal sack to move the guts out of the way to see the testes, you are not yet going to have any problems. Even if you stop now the rooster recovers in about 4 days from the one inch cut next to his thigh.

If you keep going, you move the innards out of the way and get the forceps to pull the testes out. Make sure you grab them good.

Randy, how you doing? Wake up Randy. Randy. Randy. Good, you are still with us.

Yank the sucker out (one at a time of course). One cut should allow you to reach both testes. If not, the rooster will be doubly mad.

If you hit the spine and paralize the rooster ... time for Chicken N Dumplins. Sorry but it can happen. If you have lots of birds or don't have a "pet" attachment, try it yourself. Otherwise, call a local farm vet.

Or squirt them like Hawk does.

- Peanut

PS - Randy, you OK?

Sid    Posted 01-07-2005 at 18:26:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
You forgot to save up a bunch of them for fries.

Randy    Posted 01-07-2005 at 17:27:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm fine, just squirmin' in my seat a bit!

Mike    Posted 06-25-2007 at 19:15:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My brother just picks up the aggressive rooster and carries him around under his arm. It may take a few times to reinforce to the rooster that you are the top cock in the pen. They do forget or test the waters every couple of months, so be prepared to repeat the process.

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