you are part of the peck­ing or­der and that can be a prob­lem

NZ Lifestyle Block - - YOUR POULTRY -

Hav­ing a hu­man as part of the peck­ing or­der doesn’t tend to be a prob­lem if you have only hens, but a rooster can view their hu­man carer or car­ers as a di­rect chal­lenge. There are three ways to try to man­age it: • wear pro­tec­tion (thick gloves, safety glasses), grab the rooster and hold it down when it comes af­ter you;

• act sub­mis­sive by putting your head down and back­ing away qui­etly at the very first chal­lenge – if a rooster doesn’t think you’re a threat to him, he will of­ten then leave you alone as he views you as lower in the peck­ing or­der;

• cull him – roost­ers soon learn to at­tack any threat such as a stick or raised boot and the thick dew claws on their legs can in­flict a lot of dam­age.

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