I'm sure many of my readers can relate-- if not recently in their lives, then perhaps earlier in their childhood they can remember some rooster stories to make us all laugh. Of course, at the time, I'm sure it was no laughing matter!
|Our buff orpington rooster, Foghorn, in his younger days. RIP.|
Roosters seem more than happy to perpetuate the myths of their terror-stalking ways.
One thing I've learned is that they ARE territorial. And if you don't remind them who is the boss, they will happily take that role over for you and be the boss of everything around them, including YOU.
That was the mistake I made. I let our roosters strike fear into me, and I avoided them.
Here's the best explanation I found on the internet and I hope it helps others realize the best way to make your rooster see things YOUR way.
Go ahead, click on over and read this. It's very interesting, full of good information, and it's a short read too. What more could you want?
So what do you think after reading the above page? Is this new information for you, or did you already know this? It makes good sense, doesn't it?
I already knew that it's a good thing to handle chicks (and guinea keets) as much as possible the first 2 weeks after hatching, if you want them to be tame. In our case, this is extremely difficult - we both work and we're gone enough that it's hard to be consistent in this endeavor.
|Sally with her young chicks in May 2013 (2 months old)|
In addition to our time crunch, our buff orpington Sally was diligent in watching over her chicks 6 months ago. She made absolutely sure that we did NOT touch them in any way!
But I do believe even though we missed this crucial first step, we can still catch up for lost time by consistently reminding our rooster -- with a broom, a boot, or a spray of water from the hose -- that WE are the dominant alpha entities at this house!! The back porch is now off limits to him, and we boot him off every time we see him perched there. (So far it seems to be working!)
|Roo-boy, crowing his supremacy... um, no.|
We'll be taking back our living area starting TODAY.
So I don't blame our rooster - he's just being a rooster, after all. He wants to be King of the flock and everything else around him. It's in his DNA. He can't help it.
We'll commute his death sentence for now, and give him another week or two of grace, and see if he accepts our alpha-ness. He's young; he still has the potential to learn a new game.
I hope he's smart and decides to play along, and play nice. After all, he IS a pretty boy. It's hard to see in the photos, but he's beginning to grow some green feathers in his tail -- gorgeous!
If he doesn't want to be nice, well, there's always chicken and noodles. A 7-month old rooster would do nicely.