If you’ve ever raised chickens, then you’ve come across at least one mean rooster in your life…
So, how do you handle a rooster that’s a bully?’
That’s a question that has been plaguing a number of my ‘newbie’ fellow homesteaders lately.
For those of us who choose to grow and raise our own food, we flock together to learn and grow in knowledge of the practices of homesteading.
And of course, this includes raising chickens.
Since I belong to a number of homesteading groups, I’ve been able to learn, and share of my own experiences raising chickens.
One thing that amazes me, is just how many people in some of these groups advise hitting or kicking a mean rooster!
I can understand protecting oneself from injury, but in my experience in raising chickens ‘you get what you give!’
Like people, chickens all have their own personalities. Some are very docile and laid back, while others can be very aggressive or down right mean!
So, how do you handle an aggressive or mean bully?
In Proverbs 12:10, it says we are to regard the life of our animals.
In other words, we are to care for and respect our livestock, not be mean or abusive.
If you’ve already got a mean rooster, kicking them or hitting them with a broom is only going to make matters worse! Especially if you are trying to raise a rooster that is caring and protective of his hens.
This is what has worked for me…
First, when confronted with a mean rooster, stand your ground. In most cases, the rooster is just trying to establish pecking order.
If you show fear, you’ll never get the rooster to believe you’re the boss.
When a rooster shows aggression towards me, I pick him up by the tail feathers (and yes, they may lose a few tail feathers in the process). I then grab his feet and let him hang upside down till he calms down.
This should only take a few seconds…
While still holding his feet (because if you don’t, those spurs could do you some bodily injury), I upright him and hold him next to me for a few minutes while talking quietly to him, making sure I keep my face away from his beak.
Afterwards, I put the offending rooster down to see how he acts.
It should only take a few times of this happening before he gets the message that his aggressive behavior is not allowed.
In a worse case scenario, where his behavior does not improve, I invite him to dinner. 😉
Till next time,