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Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

Bit of a long shot.

We have a rather handsome rooster that is much beloved by our neighbours who don't even mind his "güggeling". He has got rather aggressive with the kids and wife however and his life expectancy is not looking very long if he stays here.

So free to a good home.

He is a 1 year old Brahma. Pickup in Au (ZH). PM for more info.

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Old 04.06.2011, 11:04
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

Beautiful chap, but I doubt he'd get on well with my 2 boys. Good luck in finding him a home.
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Old 04.06.2011, 18:41
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

You could get in touch with the animal rescue place. I know the link gets posted on here a lot and it begins with a "T". But my brain is like a sieve when it comes to German.

They have chickens, ducks, donkeys, etc also listed on their not just dogs & cats. So try them. Otherwise you can try Anibis or your areas equivalent. They also have farm animals listed there.

Good luck finding him a new home.
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

Aaww, he's beautiful - a Light Sussex, I think. I hope you can find somewhere for him. Generally these chooks are a docile breed. I wonder what is upsetting yours. Does he have hens for company, :-) or is he on his own?
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

Awww, what a handsome fellow! If I thought he could be happy as a balcony chicken...

You can re-train aggressive roosters with a bit of patience. He needs to know he can be in charge of the hens but he is most definitely not in charge of any people, not even the little ones. (Chickens aren't dumb - he's seen the 'pecking order' in your human family and is working his way up - that's why when roosters get aggressive it's always with the kids first.)

So you have to re-assert authority. How do you do that? Well, first of all you are already the Giver of Food, and that is associated with dominance in the chicken world (look at the way that he finds a bug and calls his hens over to eat it.) So start hand-feeding them at every opportunity. The hens too... he needs to know the whole flock is 'yours', not 'his'.

Second, don't take any guff from him, and I mean none. It's natural to be scared but you are much bigger than he is; barring a strike to the face he can't actually give you anything worse than a few bruises and scratches. Don't back down even for a second. He starts ruffling and clucking aggressively, you give it right back (flap your hands at him, stomp your feet, etc.) When he backs down, chase him a few feet to make sure he's got the message. You're not being mean: this is what another, dominant rooster in the flock would do.

Give him a kick if he keeps coming (be gentle, of course, you're way bigger than he is - but a kick, not a nudge. Enough to knock him back a few inches.) This is the point where another rooster would launch into him with beak and spurs, you don't have those so you're improvising. He'll get the message. Again, follow it up by chasing him four or five feet. Again you're not being mean, you're explaining things to him in chicken language which is the only language he understands.

Once he starts being respectful again around you and your wife, re-introduce the kid and go through the same thing if necessary - with you there to intervene of course. The kid doesn't have to handle it on her own, you can intervene and the point will still be taken. A rooster (or even a high-ranking hen) will often break up fights between others in the flock and re-assert his own dominance in doing so.

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Old 04.06.2011, 19:24
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

http://www.tierdatenbank.ch/cms/links.html

http://www.gerenau.ch/ - closer to you 8820 Waedi

Hautierzoo of Gemeindezentrum Wipkingen
- they might need him! They have pigs, goats and chickens / roosters there as well.
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Old 04.06.2011, 19:26
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

Good grief - now I know where Mathnut got her ideas for keeping me in line from. And I have the bruises to prove it.
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

Found it - this is at the GZ Wipkingen. They might be keen.
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

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Good grief - now I know where Mathnut got her ideas for keeping me in line from. And I have the bruises to prove it.
Oh dear. I hope my post didn't sound too harsh. I'm not a chicken disciplinarian, honestly I'm not... but in my experience chickens (unlike Moderators) aren't comfortable with such mathematical complications as a tie in the pecking order. Any encounter that ends in a draw is really "match postponed" to them. That's why simply adding the rooster to your Ignore List ignoring the bad behavior pretty much guarantees it'll escalate.
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

Jokes aside, I alwas wanted a pet rooster but don't have the necessary space for him.
There is a nice smallish farm right in front of where I live. If your interested, I could go and ask if they'd be interested.
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Jokes aside, I always wanted a pet rooster but don't have the necessary space for him.
I'm nuts about animals .... but they need lots of space !
As a kid, I raised a few orphan chicks who happened to be born in the school lab incubator. These lil guys took over the garden
I was heart-broken when I had to give them to the farm

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Good grief - now I know where Mathnut got her ideas for keeping Dougal's Breakfast in line from. And I have seen the bruises to prove it.
Fixed that for ya.
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

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http://www.tierdatenbank.ch/cms/links.html

http://www.gerenau.ch/ - closer to you 8820 Waedi

Hautierzoo of Gemeindezentrum Wipkingen
- they might need him! They have pigs, goats and chickens / roosters there as well.
With all respect and I know you want to help. But: Do you really think it is a smart idea to put an aggressive rooster into the petting zoo for children?
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With all respect and I know you want to help. But: Do you really think it is a smart idea to put an aggressive rooster into the petting zoo for children?
The other ptroblem with moving the rooster to another chook yard is that it will begin at the bottom of the pecking order and may be in for some (very) nasty treatment from other roosters.

From personal expereince, I always found my poultry to be calmer around females, both adult and child, than around males. I presumed this was because they did not see females as such a threat. This included my daughter being able to cuddle Rhode Island Red roosters, carrying them around, treating them as dolls.

Still, I would consider Mathnut's idea, before handing the rooster over to anywhere that already has roosters.
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

OP, what a beautiful and proud rooster you have!

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This included my daughter being able to cuddle Rhode Island Red roosters, carrying them around, treating them as dolls.
Love that! What about sending the OP rooster to your daughter so she teaches him how to behave ?
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With all respect and I know you want to help. But: Do you really think it is a smart idea to put an aggressive rooster into the petting zoo for children?
It would seem to me they know how to handle chickens and roosters.
So, you probably don't need to worry.
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

Thanks for all the advice guys. Will show the missus (the animal keeper). We have an arrangement for a friend of a friend to take him (and they have promised not to send him to the pot).
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

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Love that! What about sending the OP rooster to your daughter so she teaches him how to behave ?[/QUOTE]

SHe would love that! Unfortunately, where she lives now, a rooster may become dinner for a roaming fox :-(
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Re: Handsome rooster FREE to a good home (in Au ZH)

I have a question...

Does it lay eggs?
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