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Can young cockerel behaviour indicate adult rooster temperament?

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I have been hand raising 2 Australorp cockerels. From the moment I had them at 1 week old they both had very different personalities. I was wondering if their behaviour at 7 weeks old now has anything to do with how nice of a rooster they will be. Batman has always been very calm when held or picked up, and just sort of stands around a lot looking regal. He seems pretty chilled out. Robin on the other hand complains about being picked up, he's always liked jumping up on us for attention, he investigates things like dogs at the fence and I got this pic of him today with his hackle feathers up after I called them over and they ran over very excitedly. I would like to know if it's possible to tell if a rooster will be nice with hens and people by their behaviour at this young age, or if it all depends on hormones as an adult?
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You cannot tell at this age. Whilst the teenage times are possibly the worst as adult hormones kick in, it appears that some continue in the same vein as adults - others do not. 

 

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Thanks :-) These are my first ever roosters, and chicks, so appreciate hearing from those with more knowledge and experience than I. I kind of have a feeling based on Robin's behaviour that he might be a bit of a trouble maker. But I guess I'll have to wait and see! Kind of winging it with my new chicken hobby lol!!
Edited by MistyLuci - 4/15/16 at 4:46am
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Lol. Pun unintended haha!
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Lol. Pun unintended haha!

:D

 

 

I know its early now, but you may want to search on how to raise cockerels / roos. It seems that problems with human aggression seem more common due to us not knowing how to raise and treat them as much as with the animal itself. I learnt the hard way, and whilst the roo in question made a good stew, I am fairly sure it was my ignorance and inability to read the warning signs that were partly responsible. 

 

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Thanks. Could you recommend where to research further? I want the best for these guys.
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Here you go - this should get you started.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=managing+cockerels

 

Good luck

 

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