I have read tons here about aggressive roosters and roosters attacking human people.
Prefer to piggyback on an existing thread but cannot find one appropriate for my inquiry.
The number one recommended response to rooster misbehavior [of any kind] seems to be killing them.
I am curious what all those fond of "culling" here think of my situation.
For the last six weeks I have had two old lady hens and an energetic cockerel living with me.
From my point of view we are living peacefully together.
The chickens like it in their coop and large covered run. All are fairly tame, eating out of my hands and jumping onto my legs or lap. I can carefully touch the hens but not the cockerel [10 months old].
He is very sweet with the hens, always letting them have most of the treats, preening them and being gentle with them.
I would like to eventually be able to hold them all, starting with the hens.
He doesn`t like me picking up the hens - I have picked one up for just a few seconds and he scolded me.
A few days ago I picked up the second hen, again just for a few seconds before setting her down.
While I held her he flew up on my shoulder, hollered at me but hopped down [seemingly spooked of his own courage] before I put the hen down.
No, he did not peck me, spur me, beat me with his wings or show any other kind of physical aggression. And he came right back to eat out of my hand again - all seemed forgiven.
But I am also certain that he knows I am no threat to him and the hens.
I am guessing that the folks in here who like to get onto the "kill-the-rotten-blanketyblank-rooster" kick see the cockerel/rooster behavior I have described as aggression/attack on me, or at a minimum the beginning of aggressive/attack behavior which will set a continuing pattern of bad behavior.
THAT is what I`ve been reading about.
Those of you whose belief that is will probably also recommend to me to have no contact with a rooster [except showing a him a human is boss], certainly not a caring relationship with one.
Am truly curious about feedback!