Originally Posted by Auroradream26
Is it a good sign or bad sign if a rooster crows while he's on your lap? My big roo Joel has never been a people bird, even as a baby. He's always avoided being caught or held. Lately I've been spending some time here and there holding him and petting him. He doesn't try too hard to avoid it anymore and this morning while u was holding him and talking to him, he crowed twice. I'm just hoping he's getting comfortable with me handling him and not beggining to show any aggression (which he never does). Opinions?
I don't think roos crow as a sign of aggression, their posture changes when they want to fight, and they try to make themselves look bigger.
Holding him a lot is a good idea. Roo's aggressiveness is partially a matter of breeding, and partially in individual thing. I have had a lot of silkie roos in my lifetime and would say silkies have both the sweetest roos and the most people aggressive, it just depends on the individual. What you are doing now should help, he's not likely to become mean, but it still could happen. When you get a mean roo,even a pet, it's a lot easier to turn him into meat, and you can easily get a replacement roo.
Which reminds me -- I have free roosters of all ages if anyone wants them -- Welsummers, Rhodebars, Ameracaunas, Bredas, and some mixed breeds.