So how do you control an aggressive rooster? Having a rooster that is overly aggressive is a problem that people commonly face when trying to raise or keep a large number of chickens.
A rooster generally becomes aggressive due to his natural instinct. One of the main jobs of a rooster among a flock of chickens is to protect them. This protective instinct can sometimes get a bit out of control and cause a rooster to become violent. Usually, this is because the person or animal he is attacking is perceived as a threat (even if they do not commit any threatening actions). Not all roosters necessarily have this problem; many are quite friendly.
When it comes to an aggressive rooster, do not allow children to get near him. This can lead to an attack that is likely to harm (and definitely terrify) the child.
In the wild, roosters would defend chickens against predators or their competitors. This trait has been transmitted to domestic chickens as a defense mechanism. Therefore, your rooster has the responsibility to take care of the hen house and his needs.
One of his basic needs is to fight for food and mate with the hens in his care. During the spring, most roosters become very aggressive. This is their mating season, and each of them wants to mark their territory to defend their chickens.
During the mating season, the roosters will display all kinds of defensive tactics to deter any threats that come their way.
Some of the tactics they primarily use include:
This is the act of flying towards you in an attempt to attack or fight you. Flagellation involves the use of wings and spurs to inflict as many injuries as possible on their perceived enemies. So if you do cross your line of defense, you should be ready to be whipped and raked.
Unlike spanking, spurring involves jumping towards you to rake you. If you are not stable enough, your aggressive rooster will defeat you using this defensive tactic.
This tactic is most common when your rooster is attacking children or you. He will chase you and stop only if he is sure that you are no longer a threat.
As the name suggests, aggressive pecking causes serious injury to you or other chickens. Don’t let your rooster adopt this behavior even in his young stage.
How to handle and calm an aggressive rooster
Before you start talking about how to handle the rooster, first think about what you can do to protect yourself. This starts with wearing the right clothes. The best clothes to be around an aggressive rooster are long pants and high boots. You can even add some gloves to your outfit!
It’s easy to go out in shorts and sandals, but you are more likely to hurt your legs anywhere on your farm or yard. Roosters usually attack by flying towards you with their spurs. This means that the lower legs, below the knees, are most at risk. As you work to address aggression, think about what you can use to avoid getting injured in the first place!
- When entering the chicken coop, do not turn your back on the rooster. Use a broom, cane, or something you can use to keep the rooster from getting too close. This is known as situational awareness. I know where my aggressive rooster is and I keep him in sight. This prevents those sneak attacks!
- As I pointed out earlier, bring a broom or cane. You don’t have to use it! But you may need to prevent the rooster from attacking your legs while leaving the chicken coop area. I’m not suggesting hurting the rooster. This is for your protection only. I carry my cane and the rooster knows that he must stay away. Believe me, you can tell every time you forget to bring the stick!
- Separate the rooster temporarily! Take him to a large cage while you feed your chickens if he doesn’t leave you alone. You don’t have to be a victim of their behavior.
- Give the rooster some treats away from the feeding area. It will distract him for a few moments.
- Your rooster may be trying to attack because he is not used to your presence. Maybe your partner spends more time feeding and caring for the chicken coop, or maybe you haven’t had your rooster for a long time. Whatever the reason, it is important that your rooster get used to being in his territory. So have a cup of coffee and spend some time in the chicken coop.
- Be patient. Remember that roosters just follow their natural instincts. It will hurt for a few moments if the rooster attacks you. Please do not react violently against your rooster. It is simply doing its job.
- When you are with your aggressive rooster approach him with courage, embody confidence in the way he walks and interacts. Think loud, strong, and bold. This way, the rooster will be less likely to try to prevail and attack you. Be confident even if you are not. Never throw things, yell or run away.
The most recommended strategy by farmers is to act like another rooster. (Yes. As you read it). In a rooster’s world, it’s all about dominance. It is not uncommon for two roosters to live within the same flock and get along well together. Did you know that? It all comes down to the hierarchical order. Usually, peace can reign if one rooster can establish dominance over the other.
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