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‘Gentling’ Roosters 101

Gentling Roosters 101 infographic by PoultryDVM ADOPT A BIRD NETWORK Roosters are often misunderstood and irrationally feared by humans. There is no magic secret to turn a previously aggressive rooster into a human-loving cuddle bug---all it takes is some patience and desire to earn his respect and trust. Here are some exercises to help you get started. ROOSTER TRUST EXERCISES Hand feed him treats Instead of scattering treats on the ground for your flock to peck at, encourage your rooster to take the treats directly from your hand. You'll notice how he will most likely quickly drop the treats on the ground and call the hens over to eat them instead. Spend some time together Try to get to know your rooster, by spending some one on one time with him without the hens around. Teach him how to do a trick, such as walking through a hula hoop or pecking at a bell. This will help strengthen his relationship with you. Give him lots of cuddles Every chance you get (ideally, at least once a day), pick up your rooster and hold him in your arms. Let him relax and gently stroke his comb and wattles. IMPORTANT TIPS Keep in mind that roosters who aren't used to being handled by humans, may develop a fight or flight response. When they feel insecure or uncertain, they might charge at the nearest human in a seemingly aggressive way. However, once he understands that you're not a threat but are a bearer of good will, most of the time any unsociable behaviors will dissipate. Springtime season Don't be surprised if your rooster has flare ups occasionally, especially in the spring when his hormones are in full swing. Younger roosters Keep in mind that younger roosters (less then 2 yrs old) will reach their peak hormone levels during their first two spring seasons. After this period, their hormone levels usually decrease and mellow out considerably by their third spring.

‘Gentling’ Roosters 101

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Roosters are often misunderstood and irrationally feared by humans. There is no magic secret to turn a previously aggressive rooster into a human-loving cuddle bug----all it takes is some patience and...

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