Why Does This Rooster Want to Fight Me?

| 2/23/2011 3:26:01 PM

Angry-RoosterI keep chickens, and my rooster is driving me crazy. He always wants to fight me! What’s the best way to deal with an aggressive bird?  

People often tell me, “I went out to the chicken yard to collect eggs, and the rooster attacked me. I had to show him who’s boss, so we had a fight, and I won!”

Here’s what’s happening in this scenario: The rooster is treating you like a fellow rooster. He acts in a threatening manner, so you act threatening, too. Before you know it, the two of you are fighting. But don’t forget, a rooster that thinks you’re a fellow rooster is mistaken. And by fighting him, you’re not only participating in his delusion, you’re reinforcing it.

To desensitize an aggressive rooster, the first step is to desensitize yourself. Repeat after me: I am not a chicken. Rooster rules do not apply to me. If we fight, I may win, but there is no glory in defeating an 8-pound bird. 

With that in mind, I recommend these three strategies to deal with aggressive roosters:

Never Fight Them. If a rooster attacks me, I withdraw slowly, without fighting back. This is not difficult, and remember — this isn’t a life-or-death struggle. A chicken can’t force you to do anything. The choices are all yours.

1/28/2019 10:27:10 AM

I have him sinces he was month old.about 3 months i was cleaning the kenle and he started wanting 2 fight will just walked out .but after that he just wanted 2 attack everybody.ihad 2 go in with a stick so he wont jump on i would set out the kenle.every day for a good whild.so got a hen and she scard of him so i got another one maybe that would make him nicer.will they both look like they wher not 2 happy with him.cause he just so mean.and he is real big he not even ba year old tell march.i just cant get him 2 be nice 2 me.everybody that go 2 the yard he go at them.i get stick and pet him fr the fance he will bite the stick and then he stop.but i go in the yard 2 feed them he comes at me.i stop fighting him i just move back.yesterday he hear me and ran 2 the door and would not let me out.i go next door and he see me and where im at.he knows me.but y dont like me

5/25/2013 3:46:49 AM

By the way, Robert Plamondon is a very experienced farmer.  Its worth a google.  To all the folks on here telling him he's wrong, you should know he's probably been around more roosters than all the people on here disagreeing with him.  Here's the deal.  When you get tough, and smart, you won't go see your roosters with shorts and flip flops on, and you won't be scared by their harmless flails at your shins.  If you're in there with bare skin, you're not smart enough yet.  If it scares you, you aren't tough enough yet.  This is comig from a former underdressed wouss.  If you're going to fight with your rooster at all... just butcher it.  Don't plan to have daily fights with an animal... doesn't it sound stupid when you think about it?

Heidi Scholes
6/10/2012 9:59:46 PM

Buy a cheap quirt gun in the toy department. (smaller is better) Works like magic, only takes a few times of being squirted in the face before he runs away. I was at my wits end getting attacked every day. The "pick him up and hold him technique" only worked for a day or 2 and then he was right back at me. And really who has time to lug a rooster around? After only a week with the squirt gun, all I have to do is show it to him and he decides to go do something else.

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