The last thing I want is a cock fight…

Jul 29, 2015 | 4 comments

Stand-Off?

Stand-Off?

… especially when I am directly involved! Yep! Overnight our rooster has become aggressive. He is challenging any other potential alpha roos around and apparently the biggest threat is me!

I think what did it was my excellent imitation of his cock-a-doodle-doo. I was trying to get him to respond so that I could get a picture of him in all his crowing glory. He finally got the idea and crowed back at me, but his response came with a price. Now, whenever he sees me, he’s on the attack. I immediately beat a fast retreat – as in head for the house.

Although I hate to admit being intimidated by a five or six pound bundle of feathers, you’ll understand if you’ve ever been attacked by an alpha rooster’s spurs, claws, beak and wings. Yes! Wildly flapping wings in your face are no joke! And yes, in your face. He seems to be going for my eyes. It’s scary.

On Guard Duty

On Guard Duty

According to all the “Roo Information” I can find, our Mr. Red is acting in a perfect true-to-type roosterly manner. The Backyard Chicken website says: A rooster is born preprogrammed to do his rooster duties. At a certain age (around 4-6 months) he matures and his instincts take over, and their drive is very strong to do what nature has intended for them to do.

His most important duty is: To protect the flock from all threats at all costs including fighting to the death. A threat to a rooster may be quite different than what we perceive as a threat. We need to understand and respect this instinct.

Okay. I understand. I respect. But I’m not sure I’m up to the suggested solution: At the first sign of aggression grab your rooster up and hold him no matter how much he kicks, screams and protests. DO NOT PUT HIM DOWN! Walk around with him, do chores while holding him or whatever, let him calm down and stay that way for 15-30 minutes until he has settled. Yeah. Like that’s going to happen.

Oh, did I mention that the very first suggestion under “Dealing With Aggressive Roosters” is: One of the first things to ask yourself when faced with an aggressive rooster is “Am I overly afraid of my rooster?” If the answer is yes, go no further, rehome your rooster.

Anyone out there need a rooster?

4 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Okay, the movie version of you doing housework with a rooster under your arm would be hilarious! I assume you are observing the warnings I’ve seen against chicken kissing!

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    • sydney

      Shhh! Don’t mention it, but housework is not something I do very regularly! As my mother often said, “An old house needs a little patina of dust…” But I AM at my computer every day working on whatever project has priority at the moment. I’m not very good at one-handed keyboarding so I don’t think I’ll be snuggling Mr. Red! Meanwhile, Nyel promises to lock him up when I am working outside!

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  2. Larry Murante

    Oh my! I think welding gloves may be the answer…..and a helmet!

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  3. Kathleen Shaw

    Well, he could be just the protection you need for your flock, given problems you’ve had in the past…maybe you need to start imitating the clucks of the girls, so he’ll stop attacking you and start protecting you!

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