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January 23, 2015
Someone asked about how to 'tame' an overly aggressive cockerel. The main thing is to be relaxed around them. I've always made it clear to the bird if he starts anything that he has his place in the chain. I've sometimes picked one up, tucked him under my arm (without squeezing him tightly) and taken him for a walk away from the rest of the flock for several minutes. That disorientates him, because all he's really trying to do is assert his position to me as head of the flock. Or if he's more vicious, then I confront him and if necessarily physically force him to back off (again, without damaging him, obviously). Feisty cockerels aren't really an issue in terms of seriously hurting anyone as long as they're not near small children or frail or fearful adults in which case it's better to remove the 'psycho-bird' altogether. In the old days an aggressive cockerel was considered the sign of a fertile, strong bird and I still apply that principle in general now... with, hopefully, a bit of commonsense thrown in.