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    Default My cockerel, Joe

    Hi folks

    You may remember my over-cocky cockerel from a few months back when I asked you for advice on what to do with him when he became too protective of the girls - I was safe aslong as I was armed with a water pistol!

    Things have taken a turn for the worse - he had a real go at me yesterday - water pistol ran out of water I lost my temper - grabbed him, hung him upside down and stuck him in a box for 1/2 hr to calm down. Thought he would have learned some sense when I let him out - NOT SO!!!! He had another go at my legs - feet first - neally knocked me over!

    Grabbed him again but this time just put him under my arm and tried to STROKE HIM - thankfully had gloves on! Strolled around the garden - talking to a cockerel - told him how beautiful he was!!!!

    Today - even worse - got home from work - he came running for me but managed to grab him and put him in his box.

    My OH reckons it's time for him to become Sunday dinner - he very nearly became Christmas dinner so have had one reprieve.

    I DO LIKE having a cockerel around BUT ..... he needs to behave - any more advice folk - feel very sad that's it's probably my fault as he obviously thinks I'm very dangerous to have around.

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    Maybe you need to have a 'real fight' so he knows you are the winner??

    By that I mean- protect yourself from him wherever you think precious..and I think I'd be tempted to walk around with him under your armpit for several hours ( maybe even around the house with one of those home-made chook nappies)
    He'll soon realise you are the Big Boss- esp in areas he's never been to before)


    failing that- he does look rather yummy!!

    (sorry!!)

    (Edit..in real terms- you should be really proud of him...bet he'd do his best against a fox!!!!)
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    Compared to yours my three cockerels are wussies. The only time mine make a move on me is if they think I'm harming one of their Laydees (understandable)and even then its only handbags at dawn.

    Don't think cockerels are the same as dogs with a fight or flight mechanism? They never back down and only have a fight or fight attitude. Agression only breeds aggression unfortunately!

    I sometimes wind mine up by ruffling their feathers but luckily up til now all they have given me is the evil eye!

    Hope Joe behaves himself but I couldn't blame you for giving him the chop if he became unmanageable!
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    He's very handsome. Is he a Barnevelder?

    How many girls does he have to look after? If he only has a few, maybe he needs a few more. However, it does sound you have tried all the options. I would persevere with the cuddling thing for a bit, every day if you can manage it. If he can associate you with kindness he may be less quick to attack. That said, some are just plain ornery and will go for you regardless. If he is becoming a serious threat/danger to kids etc then you may not have any option but to put him in the pot.

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    Yes - he's a beautiful Barnevelder

    His brother has been winning Barne classes at some recent Championship shows so he's from good stock

    Don't want to put him in the pot so will try to be KIND when he attacks me tomorrow!

    There seem to be two schools of thought with cockerels - 1/ you have to be the bigger cockerel and win and 2/ you need to be soft & gentle so they don't feel threatened.

    We hatched him and only ever showed him kindness - it was only his b---dy attitude that got us to the water pistol stage in the first place and now what do we do??

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    A friend of mine, when attacked by one of his Cockerels, whacked him hard with a broom. Knocked him out cold. The following day he went for him again and got the same treatment. He stopped attacking after that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glutton4... View Post
    A friend of mine, when attacked by one of his Cockerels, whacked him hard with a broom. Knocked him out cold. The following day he went for him again and got the same treatment. He stopped attacking after that!
    Thats cos he was dead!!!!!!!!!
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    lol ^

    I'd show him an Orange, and polite explain that if he doesn't behave it'll be up his backside, whilst he's slowly roasting in the oven. That or a slight boot away each time he comes at you, until he learns?

    I had to do similar with an agressive dog before - hold him down constantly until the sod gave up. I won't tell you how long it took mind!

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