Dogs, hawks, and coyotes beware, we have an attack rooster! As I wrote about last week, we just added a cochin rooster to our backyard flock. We were suffering some behavioral problems among our hen, and someone suggested that adding a rooster would sort some of them out.
Whether the hens are going to treat each other better remains to be seen, but the rooster is definitely making an unwelcome guest of himself. And it’s not the crowing, which I find charming. It’s the fact that anytime I go hear the chicken coop, he tries to kill me.
My bruises are increasing and my patience decreasing. I’m glad to see that he takes his duty of protecting the flock seriously, but this can’t be allowed to extend to me and my family. So far, he’s just attacked me. I don’t like it, but I can cope for the time being. But now I have to keep the birds penned up if the kids (3.5 and 1.5 years old) are outside. He could do a lot of damage to an 20 month old. Unacceptable.
Time to research rooster behavioral modification. And if that doesn’t work, it’s into the stew pot. Metaphorically speaking anyway. We’re a family of vegetarians. But I can’t keep an animal that’s a danger to my kids, which means we’ll give the rooster away. The most likely takers of such a bird have supper on the mind.
I hope it doesn’t come to that, as I like having him around. I enjoy his crowing and his watchful presence in the yard. We’ll see. I’ve got some reading ahead of me on roosters. If anyone has any experience with this, chime in please.