Whole shelves in bookstores are devoted to dog training. It’s hard to find someone who can’t name a dog whisperer. We have all heard of the romantic horse training masters. There is even a show on training cantankerous cats and frisky felines.
But… who can you turn to when Chanticleer gets, well, cocky? The answer is pretty simple and it doesn’t involve any culinary equipment. There are no bad roosters. If your boys are strutting down the wrong side of the road, it’s time to get the tools you need to turn them down the right one!
And, in the words of the great Foghorn Leghorn…“I say, I say, there, where in the heck is the rooster whisperer? This boy is, I say, this boy is hankering for a mix-up. Put up them dukes.”
What do you do when…
Your sweet chicks are getting those pointy primaries and other hallmarks of male-ness. Break out the blue cigars. With the help of my boys and our friends on Youtube, let’s take, I say, let’s take a (sorry, I couldn’t resist) saunter down the road of rooster behavior.
Chicken society is more closely related to horse herds than to dog packs- it is flexible and plastic.
Wisdom is held and “dished out” by the older birds, both male and female. Older hens school cockerels. Cocks rarely need to get involved with the cockerels, as the young males know not to challenge the older males. We mess this up by NOT having a mixed age flock. Older birds school younger ones. Chicken flocks naturally contain several adult males, with one, two or more leading males.
Adult males have a job to do. They are responsible for finding food, keeping everyone safe and maintaining peace (they are the flock policemen and this job is shared with the older hens).
Chickens communicate through body language and spoken language. Both are important methods of communication and are used simultaneously in conversation. You will need to be watching and “reading” both and using both when communicating with the birds. The birds are also reading your body language. This is important as you will need to be especially aware of the signals you are sending to the birds. In horsemanship this is called gaining “feel,” since we all interact with subtle as well as “louder” signals. It is critical to be able to observe the subtle signals.
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