Originally Posted by 1muttsfan
A little more petite, but nice shapes and sounds like temperaments are good too
My roosters are constantly alarming lately - I think it is a competition between the two, as in I'm the Better Provider Don't Listen to Him. Pretty soon I'll be done collecting hatching eggs, and will go back down to one roo - and peace and quiet. Until the babies start growing up.
I saw someone on my husband's FB feed complaining that some idiot had a rooster in the city, of all places. (her sentiment, not mine) She was incensed that someone would ever have a rooster there, could not stand the crowing. Someone suggested a BB gun. I was so mad, but it was on his feed, not mine and I didn't comment. Wanted to tell the jerk that was animal abuse and I almost asked the woman what was wrong with her, that I missed my roosters and I'd be happy to hear more crowing around here, LOL. Seriously, lady, if zoning permits, they can have roosters there. Anyone who has listened to a barn full of caterwauling hens would welcome a rooster crowing periodically. Those women can be much louder than their men! And I have a BABY MONITOR in my barn! It's attached to the side of the bantam pen, too. Now, those two squeaky guys are more irritating than Atlas ever dreamed of being! I have only four roosters right now and three are bantams, though Xander's crow is fairly low for a bantam. The D'anvers are super high pitched. I used to have as many as 10 roosters at one time, I think. What I miss is big Suede's long, mournful, howling crow. Maybe with a Brahma rooster, I'll have that again.
The little BR pullet is really sweet. Someone will fall completely in love with her. The male is a tad more "don't touch me!" but he's not bad. I am making a point to pick him up and calm him down, then let him go, just to get him used to being handled. Broody-raised chicks can be standoffish if the mama is, and Ida tends to be less of a big baby than Wynette was. Wynette wanted to be held all the time, silly hen. She still loves to be picked up and petted. Not Ida.
When the guy came to get the cockerels and asked to buy #2, DH went to get him. He was upset, being alone, his brothers having been taken away first, and he was struggling. I took him from DH's hands and held him up to my face and said, "hey, you're okay! you're all right, buddy" in a low voice, and he settled right down and looked me right in the eye, all the fight right out of him. The guy just shook his head. He was a little surprised at how friendly they were, how they responded to me handling them. All my males are pretty much like that, though some take to it less than others. I don't baby them, but they tend to gravitate toward me over my husband. Just call me "rooster magnet". I love them all. Too bad I can't keep them all. I don't expect them to be cuddly, but they HAVE to be easy to handle and non-aggressive. It's just a requirement around here.
Edited by speckledhen - 5/22/16 at 10:57am