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glyn

aggresive cockrel/stag

hi this is more of a what went wrong question as its now been dealt with! i had/have some oxford game and also some american game LF the oxfords"a quartet all black" are fine but i had a trio of american game "last years birds " over the last few weeks  both of us noticed a change in the yank stag getting a bit big for his boots with us when we went into his pen and his girls "pushing them off the food "! but over the last few days he has drew blood from the wife 3 times and me once with his spurs ,it got to the stage that the wife only went in with a stick to push him away as he would rush at her as soon as she entered the door with the food , at first we just though it was keenness to get at the food but no ! any idea what causes this behavior? he is not a problem now ! i was thinking of moving them on soon but glad i did not rush and end up giving him to someone else now
Rena

I have seen that way more times than I care to, with the different farm sitting experiences I have had.  My opinion is once they get to that stage.... they're guest of honour at dinner. I'm sorry, can't help with what causes it, I have no idea.
bodger

Glyn its certainly down to the strain. I've kept Oxfords and Americans that have been very quiet with humans but I've also kept strains of both that have been absolute man fighters. There's a lot in the saying " Like father like son"
glyn

exactly rena    next sunday ! ,bodger thats a pity he was a good looking lad and so are his girls , i was going to keep some of their eggs for the incy but had second thoughts due to room, i want to concentrate on the OEGB in the spare pens and the large game fowl need away soon ,so looks like it was the right decision
Woodburner

Sometimes they're just nasty, but in your case I expect the change in his environment triggered his need to assert himself, and it went into overdrive/ OTT showing off mode, until he settled in. Tbh, I think it's better that an introduced cockerel beats up on the others for a while, than him being the one that gets beat up!  
glyn

hi woodburner ,he has been fine here since last august time ,ok when handled and fed its just this last few weeks (probably about the last 2 months) that his attitude changed ,no recent environmental changes .
Woodburner

That'll teach me to read more carefully!   I now presume that you mean 'he's gone to someone's cooking pot' rather than 'he's mended his ways.'

Ok . . . Spring is on the way, gets them more active, for a start, and if they are last years hatch this is their first 'active' season, and young cockerels are often little s**ts. Being on his own with just three hens and no older cockerel are factors too.
My last nasty one, is fine now, although he is still objects to being picked up a bit more than the others. They are all picked up twice a day and carried at least once as well.

ETA When he as aggressive, I did use another technique on him as well.
glyn

i though about spring being the reason as well woodburner ! and yes MY cooking pot
bodger

I know people who've kept the same strain of game cocks for forty to fifty years and their birds are man fighters. It doesn't matter who keeps them or how they keep them.

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