Originally Posted by Little Fuzzy
I would love to have a rooster. I have a pair of hawks living close by. they cleaned out my poor little doves. I'm worried especially about my one Silkie. Are those type of roosters real noisy?
No louder than most. The get quieter with age.
Silkies are sitting ducks for hawks. They never see them coming.
If one likes birds of prey, which I do, they should get a bunch of silkies so they can feed the hawks.
Originally Posted by whitneywpanetta
Thats good info. I raised both roosters from chicks, handling them often, and both ended up semi-aggressive (well the RIR was aggressive, aggressive). The silkie is at least small and although he does charge at us every now and then he typically doesn't follow through. He just doesn't like it when we get too close to his favorite hen. I enjoy having a rooster so I am going to check out the Mediterraneans. I hear stories about roosters who are very tame/good with people, but I am not convinced they actually exist.
He may have learned that behavior from the RIR.
I don't manage my birds like BYC/pet people do. I don't handle them except at night to check condition and parasites. Otherwise, they go about their business and I go about mine. I don't move fast around them nor walk directly toward them unless absolutely necessary. IMO, it's the roosters that are human friendly that become the human aggressive because they aren't afraid of you.
I like my birds to be wary of all things and that's the way they stay alive in a hawk/mink filled wood.
I'd sooner be a small bird in a hawk-filled wood than a caged chicken on a factory farm.- Simon Barnes in How to be a Bad Birdwatcher
Edited by ChickenCanoe - 2/8/16 at 9:53am