How Do You Deal with An Aggressive Rooster?

by Dale Morgan
(Healesville VIC)


Hello,

this is my first post on this forum. I have recently moved to 2 acres in Healesville in Victoria, Australia. Lovely place for those who don't know it. We have 11 hens and a rooster so far.
I have nearly always had chickens but only a few as we always lived in the suburbs. So now we have the opportunity to have a few more and maybe some other animals like sheep, goats and pigs.
I do have a question though.
The rooster I picked up from Freecycle is young and also a bantam. My hens are mostly huge, isabrown crosses I think. He tries to mate with them but is physically unable due to him being so small. He is a good rooster in other areas, calling the hens when he finds food and sheperding them to and from the hen house and warning them of danger but he is aggressive to me and mine.
I didn't want a bantam originally and was unaware he was one when I agreed to take him. Anyway is there anything I can do to curb his aggressive behaviour to me?
thanks
Dayla

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Feb 02, 2012
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Dispatch the tyrant!
by: Anonymous

Whack on the rubber boots, get out the sharp axe and then knock his head off! Always solves the problem.

Oct 13, 2011
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Dealing with an aggressive rooster
by: Red

Hi, Glad you were able to end your rooster troubles!
I just wanted to comment for anybody else that may be having troubles with their rooster but they don't have the means to "dispatch" the boy.
In my experience I have found that some of the most aggressive roosters have been Americanas (Easter-eggers).
Humans, and by this I mean everybody that lives on or visits your farm, must be at the top of the pecking order. To accomplish this you need to go head to toe with the aggressive rooster. Bring a broom with you into the coop, this will intimidate some roosters but if they approach the broom quickly jab the bristle end at their chests. You will probably have to repeat this a few times and maybe even for a few days but this should take care of the "all bark and no bite" roosters.
If the broom has no effect on the rooster you will have to come in contact with him to show your dominance. This means, of course, you will have to let him try to attack you! When he comes within range (which is REALLY close!) use your foot to lift him up, under the breast and between his legs, and toss him back a short distance. You will be doing this in one quick fluid motion so the rooster won't have time to even peck you. Repeat this 3-4 times, if he keeps coming back toss him a little farther and a little farther until he gives in. Never kick him or toss him into walls or objects, brutality is never the answer! He will challenge you in the coming days so be prepared to repeat the tossing.
Once you have him under submission in the coop you can take the "training" session outside if you allow your birds to free range. You have less control outdoors so keep a watchful eye on him.
You can teach your kids and visitors to do this also, eventually the rooster won't challenge, hopefully, any more humans. If he does it's time to either pen him up or get rid of him, you don't want this aggression passed on to his offspring!
Hope this helps!
Red

Oct 09, 2011
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Rooster dealt with - sealed his fate!
by: Dayla

Hi all,
I dealt with the rooster 2 nights ago. He is fertilizing the veggie garden now.
Funny thing was (that's funny strange not funny haha) we had a fox visit at 1pm on Wednesday and killed 2 chooks before the magpies chased him away, and I came running shortly after screaming like a banshie. The rooster was hiding with the hens, he didn't try to protect them at all.
And then when I got them back into their protected yard he went me with such aggression as if it was all my fault. I know he was stressed out but so was I. So later that night we went in and I grabbed him off the perch and killed him.
The hens have been much calmer since and so am I.

No more roosters for me. I should like a broody hen or 2 and I will get some fertile eggs to put under her and any rooster chicks will be eaten before puberty!
cheers
Dayla

Oct 08, 2011
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Get rid of him
by: Anonymous

Any rooster that is aggressive to humans needs to lose his head. He will never become a placid bird. He will be dangerous to have around children and people not used to dealing with aggressive birds.

Roosters that are hand reared and become too familiar with humans frequently become aggressive to humans. They have no fear of them and they naturally tend to want to dominate. Don't hand rear roosters. Don't adopt a rooster that has been hand reared.

When choosing a rooster lower your hand towards the bird's face (when he is caged). If he tries to peck you, reject him. If he tries to withdraw from your hand he will probably be OK.

Sep 22, 2011
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Aggressive rooster
by: Dayla

I already have 2 Indian Mynas activating my compost.
Dayla

Sep 22, 2011
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Alternatively...
by: Carole

If you can't bring yourself to eat him, he'd make great compost activator.

Sep 10, 2011
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Get rid of it
by: Steven French

It is going to be hard to beat the ?making soup? suggestion. Probably the best idea. However I have curtailed the aggression of the occasional rooster by kicking them over the goal posts when they attack. An aggressive rooster can be vicious and I have a 60 year old cousin who has a nasty scar on her cheek that was caused by a roosters spur when she was 3 or 4.
Taking a broom with you into the chook yard and then whacking them with it when they attack can help but the previous suggestion is probably the best. Get rid of it. Aggressive animals are not good and it is often a matter of breeding more than their upbringing. It looks like you rooster may have some Game Bird genes. These birds were originally bred for cock fighting so naturally they will be aggressive.

Sep 10, 2011
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Rooster Soup
by: Anonymous

Make soup and get a rooster that will make offspring that are good layers. I've found even the most aggressive rooster is docile in a soup pot...

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