Originally Posted by donrae
I wouldn't order a rooster chick unless I really wanted a specific breed. I'd wait and pick up someone's Oops bird later in the spring when the sex becomes apparent and they realize they can't keep the bird. By then you'll also have an idea of temperament as the bird will be older. Breeds like Orpingtons, Cochins, Brahmas and Australorps are known for being gentler than a lot of the dual purpose breeds. They're also all large birds when mature, so if you have smaller breeds of hens you may want to look for something a b it smaller. Most EE from hatcheries are not exceptionally large birds.
X2 on what Donrae says. I don't think it is the breed as much as the individual rooster. Also crowing seems to have several components, again not related to breed. When I had several roosters they would get into crowing contests which didn't bother me, but it was noisy, And the little squeaky toys, I mean the bantam roosters, were copies of the big guys and had to echo them every time they crowed..
Recently I accidently got down to one large fowl rooster (an Easter egger. Thankfully my favorite. I would have hated to lose him) and it is very quiet.) He rarely crows, but is an excellent flock rooster. I did hear him the other morning crowing inside the coop when the door was opened late, but once the door opened, he quieted down.
Even when the little guys crow he just looks at them and doesn't answer. Most of the roosters from his line have had the same sweet temperament, but when there were several they were noisier.
I've also found that the nicest roosters seem to be the ones that came up through the ranks so to speak. They started young within the flock and had older birds, both hens and roosters to keep them in line.
A few times when I had cockerels in with a bunch I was raising they would start to get bossy (That's putting it mildly over the pullets they were with) so I would separate them out ---I tend to add a few at a time...not over ten.....and put them with the adult hens who would book no nonsense or in the rooster pad where the older roosters would accept them as soon as they behaved themselves which they learned to do quickly.
Edited by dekel18042 - 12/6/15 at 12:24pm