Sometimes roosters can be mean, especially if you threaten the flock. This is not a personal matter; it’s just business for them. By nature, they were designed to defend their territory and herds. But aggression can sometimes spiral out of control. This may make you wonder, how do you deal with an aggressive rooster? Read on.
Why Roosters Attack?
In most cases, the tendency to attack comes alive when a rooster defends his flock from other roosters, looks for hens to mate with, and when there is a threat from predators.
The aggression of the roosters usually increases during the spring, when the breeding season begins. Some signs of aggression to watch out for include:
Spurring: The rooster jumps at you and tries to sweep you away with his spurs.
Whip: The rooster flies towards you and beats you with its wings.
Chasing: He drives you away from the herd, especially when you look like a threat.
Bringing treats: If a rooster brings worms and other ‘knick-knacks’, don’t respond in kind. He sees you as one of his girls and thinks of you as a subject.
Aggressive pecking: These should be avoided from the chick stage.
What Are the Signs that the Rooster Wants to Attack?
When a man wants to attack, he will not calm down. The following are some signs that trouble is coming:
Wing flapping: He flaps his wings for a few seconds for no reason trying to make himself as big as possible.
Raised hair hack: He lifts the hair around the neck to make himself look bigger.
Head shaking: He flicks his head from side to side, eyes fixed on the source of the threat.
Footsteps: He will attack you, feet first. The spurs on the back of the foot are very sharp. If you let them grow, that’s the secret weapon he will unleash to inflict damage on you.
Is There a Form of Exercise That Guarantees a Calm Rooster?
No training guarantees a calm rooster. Some breeds will still produce aggressive roosters regardless of how well you handle them. Again, just like humans, each rooster has his own temperament.
While no training can suppress a rooster’s hormones, instincts, or temperament, some roosters are known to respond well to specific training by certain individuals. If possible, get a mellow rooster from a well-known mellow breed.
How Do You Deal With An Aggressive Rooster?
You should start dealing with aggression as early as possible with discouraging behaviors like pecking your hand. Such behavior increases as they mature. This means that you should keep your chickens in check as early as possible.
Here are some things you can do to deal with an aggressive rooster.
1. Wear the Right Clothes
Protect yourself when dealing with your rooster by wearing the right clothes. Tall boots and chunky jeans, and a pair of gloves will suffice. Get rid of shorts and sandals as you may hurt your feet. Adequate protection allows you not to react in fear and allows you to handle chickens with ease.
2. Don’t Back Down
It’s scary to deal with a rooster that has 3-inch spurs. But even in such a scenario, be brave and don’t back down at all. If you show signs of fear or weakness, the rooster will likely become more aggressive.
3. Spend Time In Their Territory
Maybe the reason the roosters attack is because they don’t know you. Let the rooster get used to you in his territory by spending time around him. Deliberately hanging out in the cage, but make sure you’re wearing the right clothes, just in case things go bad.
4. Raise and Hold Them
This is another effective way to show dominance to a rooster. When he attacks, pick him up and hold him tightly. Use a snug grip to hold his feet so he doesn’t hurt you with his paws. Also, make sure the wings are secured; otherwise it will fly.
Walk around with him for about 20 minutes while you caress his throat and talk to him gently. Then put him down and get on with your business. If he comes to you again, hold him and hug him again. Eventually, he would learn that he always lost when he launched an attack. But note that you may have to do this for a while before he finally tame.
5. Give Him Some Snacks
Bribes are the method most people use to deal with their aggressive roosters. Want to hang out with a rooster? Some delicious food will take you straight to his heart. Remember, he uses the same approach as the chickens in his flock. So if you give him a gift, he realizes that he is below you in the pecking order.
6. Set Boundaries in a Gentle Way
Setting boundaries is another effective way to prevent rooster attacks. Bring a water spray bottle and when the rooster launches an attack, squirt water in his face. It is safe and does not harm them.
This will make the rooster think twice before attacking you every time he sees a spray bottle. Let your children use this approach when dealing with such roosters.
7. Get More Chicken
It has also been shown to address the problem of rooster dominance. By bringing in another rooster, you control the rooster’s aggressive behavior and balance dominance in the flock.
8. Beware of Your Environment
You need to be aware of your surroundings when cleaning, filling feed plates, or walking out of the area. Pay attention to your interactions with the flock, and avoid any environmental settings that the roosters might mistake for a threat.
9. Be aware of others
You can teach the rooster who’s boss, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be submissive to everyone. He will still perceive others as a threat, including children, neighbors, and visitors. In such a case, everyone had to train the roosters to be their subordinates.
But do not allow confrontation between chickens and children because they may be seriously injured.
10. Consider Redoing Your Aggressive Chicken
If none of the above methods work and you are concerned about your children’s well-being,
You might consider remodeling it by giving it to someone who has more land where the roosters can roam freely without harming anyone.
How Not To Deal With An Aggressive Rooster
When dealing with an aggressive rooster, there are a few reactions you should avoid; otherwise, the situation will get worse.
Whatever happens, don’t fight back, because he will keep coming back to fight again for dominance. Again, don’t trigger his fighting instincts by running towards him. Instead, take a few steps towards him until he backs off. Running towards the rooster is a sign of aggression and will not make things any better.
While you really want the chicken to know who’s boss, don’t hurt him. It will send a clear message that you are a real threat.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Chickens Dangerous?
While some breeds can be more aggressive than others, roosters cannot be classified as dangerous. However, you should not allow the bird to interact with small children.
Can Roosters Make Good Pets?
Some roosters are quieter than others, but they hardly make good pets. Roosters don’t like to be held. Chickens can be trained but forget about training roosters, even if they are of the same breed as hens. But if you’re looking for a good farm animal, consider a rooster. They are easy to care for and beautiful to look at.
Do Roosters Always Fight?
Roosters usually fight other roosters who try to invade their territory. This is common in adult roosters who do not know each other. Fighting usually continues until someone surrenders or dies.
However, roosters raised together can determine who’s boss before the hormones start to run amok. Also, young roosters introduced to established flocks have no problem subservient to the flock leader. But if age catches up with the leader, the younger roosters will attempt to take over the flock.
Bearing in mind all that has been said, don’t let the rooster bring you down to his status by fighting him. It may not be easy to completely tame his aggression, but it is possible to confront an aggressive rooster and earn his respect.
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