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.

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.

April Kaeser
6/7/2012 7:39:19 AM

Tabatha, You have my vote for Best Advice! And what kid doesn't love chasing chickens!

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