Help for Aggressive Roosters

| 4/9/2010 11:45:44 AM

Tags: Robert Plamondon, roosters, baby chicks, keeping poultry, raising poultry,

fighting roosters

People often ask me how to handle difficult roosters. They tell me, “I went out to the chicken yard to collect eggs, and the rooster attacked me. Of course, I had to show him who’s boss, so we had a fight and I won!”
And I assure them, “Sure, I can show you how to fix this, and it’s worth it. Imagine how much more pleasant your life will be when you never have to worry about a rooster again. But first, I want more detail. So you’re out in the chicken yard, and there he is. He acts in a threatening manner. You act in a threatening manner back. He acts even more threatening, and before you know it, the two of you are fighting, right?”


Then I ask, “But did I just describe what happened from the rooster’s point of view, or from yours?”

Maybe you’ve heard that a stage hypnotist can make you think you’re a chicken. That’s nothing! Even a chicken can make you think you’re a chicken! In these barnyard fight scenes, the rooster is in charge from start to finish. First, he decides what’s going to happen: a fight, right here, right now. Then he gets you to join the fight. How does this happen? And how do you make it stop?

But let’s not give too much credit to the rooster. The issue isn’t that the rooster is powerful, but that the human automatically accepts whatever role is thrust on him, and that means that even a chicken can redefine who you are! … at least for a minute or two.

12/22/2017 5:59:16 PM

how do you stop a roosters bleeding comb? I read with baking soda, but do i put it in in powder form or a paste? please help

8/30/2017 6:54:18 PM

I have a rooster that attacks me, usually when my back is turned. I even let them out to free range while I feed and water them. He comes back into the coop & run combo just to attack me. If I'm walking by the pin he head butts the fence. So obviously him knowing I feed him doesn't work. Husband doesn't feed or water them and can actually go sit in the coop and run and doesn't get attacked.

8/4/2016 9:19:30 AM

i have one turkey,(i realize the article was about a rooster, but i didn't know if you could help) about 10-11 weeks old now. It seems he follows my hand and tries to peck at it. he has gotten much rougher and recently his neck gets a little red and he seems agressive about it. i used to feed from my hand alot and point out to him goodies on the ground that he missed and i am wondering if that was my mistake. Anyway he is going to get even bigger so i am wondering if you have any suggestions as to how to handle it now. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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