My 4 year old rooster, Egglebert, has recently developed aggression towards me. I believe that it's because the 8 pullets I added in the spring are now laying, and he feels for some reason that I am a threat with them.
I've been trying to counteract his attitude by picking him up and talking to him while I do my work in the coop, so far to no avail.
One of my older hens hatched two chicks at Labor Day, and I suspect that at least one of them is a boy. Is it time to dispatch Egglebert? I am a vegetarian, no cooking chicken for me, and he's been a pet up til now so I am hesitant. But I am tired of being challenged, pecked, and spurred.
The woman at the corner store told me at her house, roosters only challenge people twice. The first time might be a mistake, but after the second time they're in the pot. I guess we've gone way beyond.
Ideas and input would be helpful. Thanks.
Here is a link that might be useful: See the new chicks here!