Originally Posted by DreamsInPink
To those of you with roosters, do you find that if you handle them and try to make pets of them when they are younger, that they tend to challenge you more when they get older? Or does it have anything to do with it? I'm new to chickens and am curious about rooster behavior. I really want one. I want to hear it crow every morning.. but I don't want a meanie in my flock.
Well, as far as our Buff boy is concerned, no, we didn't handle him nearly at all. He was supposed to be a girl so we handled 'him' like we did the girls meaning we didn't show him any special attention. We did handle the two that were sexed male and they turned out as mean as snakes. Red had his moments early on and I had my doubts about him but something clicked with him and suddenly he became the best rooster anyone could ever wish for. To this day I do not handle him unless absolutely necessary but we are friends. Tonight I asked my husband if he had seen Red's new trick and invited him out to the coop to watch as I tossed pieces of bread to Red and he caught them in midair and distributed them to his hens. Wouldn't take a million dollars for him. He is good to his hens, keeps the other roosters in line and doesn't try to beat me up like the other boys do from time to time. To me that's pretty darned close to being a perfect rooster IMHO.
Here's Red when he was 6 months old:
He is a year old now and one of his BO hens hatched out at least two full blooded sons of his in February down to the little ruffle in the front of his comb. They also have the same cocky "I bite you fingers" attitude that he had at their age. Here he is when I first started going "Houston, we have a problem with this chick!"
And his two sons at one week of age:
The chick on the far left and the one taking his share of bread are turning out to be little cockerels.
I hope they have their pop's personality when they grow up. I am handling, more to get them to trust my hands then anything else but I think it's basically just the luck of the draw when it comes to roosters. Either you get a good one or you get a good dinner.