When is a rooster mean? I am not sure that it is entirely easy to draw a line in black and white. How much does nature and hormones play in their actions? Can a rooster suddenly turn mean?
I guess I have been thinking about these things lately because Chocolate, for better or worse, is starting to really get more aggressive over these past two weeks. I can still grab him and hold him. He sits quietly and seems to enjoy my affection. However, he is really becoming very territorial with his girls.
I can say that all the girls respect me. They understand that I am the human leader of the flock. They are curious to see me, giddy almost, and the conversations that ensue as I make my way over to the coop are priceless. On the other hand, Chocolate does not appear to be so thrilled.
About a week ago, I was going into the nesting boxes to collect the eggs. All of a sudden Chocolate came storming into the coop. He had has wings extended outward and fire in his eyes. I felt like I was going to be dealt with by the rooster. I was entering his house. I narrowly escaped his fury by quickly closing the nesting box.
These past few weeks, he has been asserting his dominance with me; dancing his rooster dance trying to let me know that he is the boss. I was truly nervous when I had to go into the run myself. I thought that if I bent over for a second, he would surely have his rooster feet implanted into my backside. His need for humpty love is becoming insatiable. I feel bad for the girls. Finally, today as I was retrieving the waterers for cleaning and refilling, I was pecked.
My heart is heavy. Chocolate is just being a rooster. In my heart of hearts, I feel as if we may have to rehome him soon. I know that his fate may not be nice and that saddens me. I am still dealing emotionally with rehoming Peanut. I would love for Chocolate to live a long full life. Unfortunately, it does not come easy for me. I am not a farmer. These chickens are our pets.
I have to come to terms with the reality of the issue at hand. I think it is now safe to say that I'm pretty sure the answer is not if the time comes, but when.