In my opinion, a "perfectly good rooster" doesn't flog people. I think the hatchet and stump method is perfectly acceptable. There are people who say carrying them around like a football will help, and it may teach them to not flog you. But it does not mean it will keep them from flogging others (think small children here, who could be injured by such behavior.)
This is where i'm at - if hes using his spurs on you, he's failing one of the prime qualifications for 'good rooster'- my list is pretty much -
1. Does he flog people?
2. Is he reasonable with the ladies?
3. How well does he fit breed standard?
2 and 3 don't matter if the answer to 1 is wrong.