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I am planning on getting a rooster this spring and was wonder what is the prettiest rooster that is around 5-8 lbs. I have some hens that are 5 lbs and don't want a rooster that will overwhelm my hens. I also want a rooster that is somewhat friendly but i already know that it truly depends on the rooster individual personality. Was there any breed of rooster that stood out to you in terms of personality and looks?

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I've had two roosters, both were unexpected additions to my flock, not planned.  One was an Easter Egger rooster and was mean as a snake, although he was beautiful.  A hawk got him.  My current rooster is a buff laced polish with the top hat.  He's an interesting addition to the flock, and so far has not proven to be human aggressive, although he is mean to one or two of my hens.  I keep them separate from each other, so it works out in the end.  I'd say that you really don't want a friendly rooster - sometimes those lose their fear of humans, and then in turn are prone to attack if they think you are trying to take over the flock.  I did not handle my Buff Polish rooster as a chick, nor did I try to pick him up or cuddle him or feed him an abundance of treats.  He got what the pullets got, and he views me as the bringer of food, for which he takes credit with the girls ;).  I am hoping he continues in this way so that I don't have to cull him.  I want to enjoy my flock, not worry about a rooster coming after me in the mistaken assumption that I am a threat or competition.  You just have to pick and then pray that he's a good boy.  I lucked out with the second one.

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post #3 of 9
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I really like Polish chickens. I have seen a few and think they are really pretty.

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For a pretty roo check out a welsummer.
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I like welsummers but they are hard to didn in my area. I think I'm gonna go with a black copper Maran roo. I've heard that they make a good roo. Normally their temper meant isn't bad and they are good looking. There are a couple good breeders in my area so it will end up being a nice commute.

Does anyone have expirience with this rooster breed? Was it a good or bad expirience?

Thanks
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Had an EE rooster get mean a few years ago.  Never again.  Have two now.  Buff laced Polish has been starting to be aggressive this spring.  He tried that last year and a week getting water squirted at him solved that problem.  When I get home next week I'll work on him.  If he doesn't calm down he's history.  My best rooster is a Salmon Faverolles.  He's not friendly but is great with the girls and has never shown any aggression toward people as he avoids contact.  He might be a bit too heavy for what you want. 

 

Quite frankly, each rooster has a personality.  Some breeds are know to be calmer but you can still get a mean rooster.  When I was researching the roosters that were suggested are the Salmon Faverolles, Australorp, and the Orpington.  All are probably larger than what you are looking to find. 

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I've had 3 roosters so far. 2 Orpingtons and a mixed breed.
The mixed breed turned really aggressive towards humans when he turned 5 months. I worked with redirecting his behavior and it worked for a couple of months. I even through he had turned nice for good,
But then the behavior worsened again and he went right to the pot.
One of my Orpingtons passed away at 5 months, but I could see he was already giving humans " the look". I am currently left with an Orpington that unfortunately has turned aggressive at 9 months and did real damage. He is headed to the pot soon.
I have never cuddled them and always tried to redirect their behavior whenever noticing any signs of aggression. My take on this experience is that breed is not a good indicator of personality. You will have a better chance on a nice rooster if you have a chance to see its father's behavior, as personality is passed down to the offspring.
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Originally Posted by chickens r life View Post

I like welsummers but they are hard to didn in my area. I think I'm gonna go with a black copper Maran roo. I've heard that they make a good roo. Normally their temper meant isn't bad and they are good looking. There are a couple good breeders in my area so it will end up being a nice commute.

Does anyone have expirience with this rooster breed? Was it a good or bad expirience?

Thanks

Good luck with your Copper Marans!  I have posted a picture of my Buff laced Polish roo.

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Originally Posted by wamtazlady View Post

Had an EE rooster get mean a few years ago.  Never again.  Have two now.  Buff laced Polish has been starting to be aggressive this spring.  He tried that last year and a week getting water squirted at him solved that problem.  When I get home next week I'll work on him.  If he doesn't calm down he's history.  My best rooster is a Salmon Faverolles.  He's not friendly but is great with the girls and has never shown any aggression toward people as he avoids contact.  He might be a bit too heavy for what you want. 

Quite frankly, each rooster has a personality.  Some breeds are know to be calmer but you can still get a mean rooster.  When I was researching the roosters that were suggested are the Salmon Faverolles, Australorp, and the Orpington.  All are probably larger than what you are looking to find. 

I would totally go for one of those breeds of it wasn't for my 5 pounders and then getting hurt. I actually like the larger breeds more anyway.

Thanks for all of the replies!!
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