Mad Rooster Attacks Child!

"Look what I found!" (DEAD HAWK)
"Look what I found!" (DEAD HAWK)

Unexpected Surprises on a Farm

Living on a farm, you'd think I'd get used to the surprises that pop up now & then. I can handle finding a dead possum in the yard or fighting off fire ants in the summer. I've learned to look for spiders before grabbing the next log for the fireplace. I've found snakes on the breezeway & skunks under my car. I've even encountered rabid skunks, but that's another hub which you can read here.

I've adjusted to just about everything, but when it involves my grandkids, it gets personal. That's the day I drop my rake & turn into GI Jane. And that's exactly what happened the day the rooster attacked my grandson.

Starting out like any other weekend visit, I picked Kason up at his Mom's, drove the 30 mile trip back home, and went outside to play with him. Now let me tell you, Kason is a little rascal himself. He'll pick up anything; including lizards, dead hawks, and bugs. He's always been a bit bold & tough. I put him on my horse when he was 6 months old he fell off when he was 2. Once, he dove off the barstool, smashing his tooth, which caused me great grief.

Kason is the class clown in Pre-K, bringing home endless 'frowny-faces' from being disruptive in class due to his relentless effort to make the other kids laugh. He'll talk your ears off, asking question after question. So meekness is not one of his attributes. That's why this particular incident kicked me into high gear, quick.

"Wanna eat this worm....?"
"Wanna eat this worm....?"

So here we are: me, my hubby Mike, and our renter, David, all standing outside minding our own business talking while Kason runs around the yard, as usual. The chickens are cage free, most of the time, so no big deal. Our 2 dogs, Blue, a Blue Lacey cow dog and Rosie, a tan Cur, were tugging on piece of rope while Kason chased them.

Rooster from Hades!

Here he is, in the feathers. Standing his ground with me.
Here he is, in the feathers. Standing his ground with me.
Yeah, you think you're bad............
Yeah, you think you're bad............

Shock and Awe!

While we're all enjoying the pleasant Fall day, out of nowhere we hear a blood curtling scream. I look in the direction of the shriek and see, to my horror, Kason standing near the water trough by the fence surrounded by chickens. The Rhode Island Red rooster is leaping on him while he flails his arms and screams.

"Nonny..........!!!!!!", Kason screams.

My maternal instinct kicks in. I immediately run to his rescue while he, in turn, begins to run toward me. In his haste to make a quick getaway, with the rooster trailing him, Kason trips and falls flat on his stomach on the ground.

I'm seeing all this in slow motion: My grandson fell...... I continued to rush to his aid and watched as the Gargantuan rooster made his final strike...... He vaulted into the air, flapping his wings, then leaped onto my grandson's back!! Oh, in all humanity! The foreboding horror of it all! In one scoop I grabbed little Kason up into my grasp and ran away from the evil rooster, while he's sobbing in my arms.

In the meantime, Mike and David are laughing. How can they be lauging while my grandson gets attacked by a vicious rooster! It's not funny. I comforted and soothed Kason while the rooster continued strutting around the yard like nothing had happened. That made me mad!

Once my grandson had calmed down enough, I advanced toward the rooster to see if he'd attack me. He sidestepped away from me, the little chicken!! What a bully! So I lunged toward him and kicked at him. He ran away with his tail feathers in the air. Why, that little.....!

I walked back to where Mike, David, and Kason were standing. I continued to reassure my grandson that we wouldn't let the mean rooster hurt him again. I asked him, "What should we do with the rooster?"

Kason replied, "Have him for dinner!" Everyone laughed. Needless to say, my grandson was afraid to get any more than2 feet from me while the rooster was in the yard.


The End Result......

Soon after this incident, the devilish rooster began losing his feathers. Then, his Dominique counterpart began viciously attacking him for the control of the hens. Every day they went at it, jumping, leaping, spurring each other. The rooster began to look like a half roasted chicken dinner as the fighting continued, bloody, beaten and featherless. But he refused to give up control of the hens.

His aggression continued. The final straw came when he leaped at my husband. After a quick walk to the house and a resounding BOOM, the rooster was history. At last, there was peace in the chicken yard. And best of all, the Dominique rooster finally had control of the hens!!

Now, my grandson can safely play in the yard. The new rooster king has never shown any sign of aggression. All is quiet in the chicken yard. Thank goodness for happy endings!

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Art 4 Life 5 years ago from in the middle of nowhere....

Great story dear friend~ I laughed and laughed!!

hugs and miss ya~

Art


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Thanks, ART!!!


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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

donotfear - Nice writing of a great tale. Thanks

Gus :-)))


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Awwww. Thanks Gus!


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

I think it's great you showed your grandson, you were on his side:) He will always remember you sticking up for him! Awesome story, your grandson, will have to carry a stick with him, whenever he is around that rooster? Nice to read about the farm life:)


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JeanieR 5 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

Holiday meal! We had a rooster go militia and that was the only answer. He jumped on my precious 21/2 year old grandson's head, dug his spurs in and just missed the eye. Out came the 22. We love our chickens, but not the ones with a killer instinct. Ugh!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Oh, that was a lovely written story. It brought back memories when we were at out grandparents' farm and the gander used to go for me. I use to hate them. It never crossed my mind then that it most properly was my skirt flapping which attrackted him. Thank you for the joy of reading your amusing story.


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

heart4theword: you can bet my grandson will carry a big stick!

JeanieR: I like your attitude! Yep, out comes the 22 sometimes. If it comes to that, I'll get hubby to take careo of it.

Hello,: I know what you mean about geese! They can be mean as the devil! Glad you liked my story!


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gramarye 5 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

That was a really good story - I freak out when the ducks chase me when I walk by the river so I really relate to this!


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

gramarye: glad you liked the story, even though it was terrifying! Ducks too can be just as vicious!


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wilsontom 5 years ago from new delhi

i really liked the story, this was a funny one.


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Thanks, wilson!


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

One sec while I compose myself from laughing. Awesome story! I was quite surprised that the poor chick didn't end up in the oven or fryer. I can't wait to read more of your hubs. Thanks!!


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

tipoague: glad you had a squawking good time reading!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

This story is all too familiar with me. I wrote a hub documenting the first a** kicking I received when I was 3 years old. Hope your grandson is OK. Just tell him to eat lots of chicken!


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

A.A. Zavala: Thanks!!!


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Great story. One of my worst memories as a child is of being chased by the rooster at my grandma's. Unfortunately, my uncles thought it quite funny. They did not rush to aid me. Thanks for the laugh.

Namaste.


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Deborah: You're welcome.


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

The story of great horror that ended well. Them Old roosters can be nasty little critters. Enjoyed your little story.


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Ginn Navarre 5 years ago

Enjoyed your story and it brought back memories of this same experence's. I still keep a few hens for there is nothing like a fresh egg that has been kept away from feeding chickens chemicals that are in some feeds.

I solved the rooster problem---just don't need them unless you want the hens to hatch chicks.


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

Yep you got to watch out for them roosters! They like all males can become territorial! Great story!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Funny incident to read about but probably not so funny for your grandson. Glad that all ended well. I know that you will be super vigilant when Kason is visiting in the future.


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Hokey 5 years ago from In the energy.

Great story!!! I had to read it twice! Meery X-mas!!!


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Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

When he is a little older you might be able to get him to stop being scared of them. They're helpless if you pick them up. I had a rooster that was so tame he would come like a dog when you called him.


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

I'm surprised at the comments I've gotten lately on this story. As of today, my grandson won't go into the yard when the chickens are out. He's terrified.

We still have the rooster. It never has attacked anyone else, not even the kids next door. I still don't trust it. I don't know how to desensitize my grandson. I'm going to work on it.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

AWESOME and funny!! Great story, I know your grandson loves his grandmother!! Blessings....


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Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

I was attacked by a rooster as a kid, but when I got older I learned to train them. I had one that would perch on my arm.

He needs to wear some sturdy boots to protect his legs from spurring and pecking. He needs to walk upright, bold and confident, and run towards them (not away from them) if they start to act up--you know, call their bluff. But not now. When he's older. :) That rooster obviously sees him as a threat or as someone it can boss.


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Thanks Sister Carlotta!!!

To Silver Poet: I'm going to take your advice. The rooster has never tried to attack me, but Kason is small so he could easily reach his eye. He's been in the cage most of the time lately. There's another rooster with them...a Dominecker. He's passive, so far.


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embee77 5 years ago

How terrifying for you and your grandson. I don't have any experience with domesticated fowl but I have heard stories like yours where chickens and roosters go berzerk. I hope your grandson finds a way to make peace with his attacker so he will be comfortable on your farm, with "no fear." Thanks for sharing.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Yer making me home sick, my twelve year old wants to raise chickens, but we live in the city.

Your Rooster attack is serious, but your grandsons eyes, whew crazy rooster when kids are involved.

Maybe you could give your grandson a stick or something to scare them roosters and show them and him who's boss.

How exactly do you put a Rooster in his place?

Hey them some good looking Roosters you got there. :) Katie


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Hey katiem2!! Thanks for the comment. My grandson is already over his fear of roosters. He did just as you said, chased it with a stick and it ran like a scared chicken! Just gotta stand your ground with him, the little coward!!


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Michael Willis 5 years ago from Arkansas

The was awesome. I remember the rooster we had when I was young. He was a mean one also. Getting spurred hurts like h*ll.


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DTroth 5 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

Cute (yet terrifying for your Grandson) story. I've been attacked many times in my younger years. It seemed like the Leghorns were the worst for that.

Next time you need to de-spur a rooster, try this method:

Bake a potato and while it's still hot (use oven mits), jam it over the rooster's entire spur and hold it there for about 30 seconds. Then take your pliers and twist the spur off. There's less blood and it doesn't hurt the rooster (although you may WANT to hurt the little sh#t!) (: and your Grandson will be safe.

As silly as this sounds, it DOES work! I was a 4-H poultry leader way back when. So trust me, this is legit.

Voted UP and the rest.

May peace be in your heart...always,

Diana


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Painted Seahorse 4 years ago from Woodstock, GA

Really great funny story. I'm sure Kason will remember it for years, hopefully in a good way. When we were kids there was a certain mean goose at the park that supposedly chased and attacked children...but that may have been a story passed around the school. I liked your pictures, too.


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donotfear 4 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Thank you for your comments. Was glad to share this story, though it wasn't funny at the time.


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roosterbob 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I'm here to attack! lol, just playing im docile. Actually just saw this hub and couldn't resist. Nice job on your hubs though. I've read a few of them.


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donotfear 4 years ago from The Boondocks Author

roosterbob, you are cool. Thanks for reading my hubs!


Chickenlover 4 years ago

Wow! You people are crazy. The little boy is a brat, a bully and hyperactive, as his grandmother describes him. He was chasing the chickens around the yard. Now, the rooster attacks him to protect his harem! What could be more natural? The boy wasn't hurt, and the rooster was very brave to defend his ladies against such a large aggressor. Get real, folks! Animals will protect their own. I'm definitely on the side of the rooster and the chickens.


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donotfear 4 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Hey Chicken lover........if you'd stop being so critical and read the story, the child was NOT chasing the chickens; he was running around the yard playing with the dogs. So before you leave a name-calling comment on an article, read it right. Amazes me how somebody can take a funny story and turn it into a bash bomb. You're entitled to your opinion, but lay off the name-calling. It's offensive and rude.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Aye Annette great story of hind sight humor, these things are not funny for a while after the incident. I've had many as a child that scared the crap out of me only later to come part of my daily life and chickens are one of them.

A local friend and I share a rooster for breeding back and forth as we thin down our stock at supper time.

If this had happened as a kid Pops would have showed me how to remove the head and then prep it for supper, that would have ended any fear I'm sure but that solution has to be a bit age appropriate. I'm off course.

You wrote a great article on a some what funny topic and I'm glad it showed on my feed since you were on my list to do a welfare check on!

Pace and Blessings,

dust


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donotfear 4 years ago from The Boondocks Author

50!! Great to hear from ya, friend. Thanks for commenting from the heart and comical soul you have. Needed it! We old redneck-hippie types don't see it the same as others, do we? Hehehe!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Great story. We had roosters that would attack anyone that came near the house. Voted up and shared. I was following you and accidently hit the wrong thing so I will follow again.


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donotfear 3 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Thanks moonlake!!

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