Keeping a Rooster

By Reurra · Jul 3, 2013 · ·
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  1. Reurra
    A year ago I started my chicken venture. My Dear Husband, in all his doubting, was happy to finance my insanity. Me, armed with my Green Horn Book of Knowledge, felt that every flock should have a rooster. After all, everyone knows a hen wont lay eggs without a rooster....right? (Thats a bit of sarcasm there, hehe)

    The first thing I did was put out an add in the local free website. "Hens and a Rooster wanted!" Well, I have no shortage of replies....for roosters. Not one offer of a hen! Just roosters! Short ones, fat ones, tall ones, colorful ones, even striped ones! And this got me thinking. Why dont people want roosters?

    Well, my first experience with a rooster was a charming 10 month old boy in the Brown leghorn breed. I picked him up and brought him home and introduced him to my two Ex-battery ladies. He promptly fell in love with them, especially mt favorite hen, Frightful. And for the first time I witnessed him asserting his manly duties. Of course, never having seen this before, I thought he was trying to kill her. In alarm, I separated him and went straight to the internet for answers. And answers were plentiful! How embarrassing to find out he was just being a lover, not a meanie! Thanks to BYC, that cleared up that crisis.

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    Mister

    The weeks went on and I got used to being woke up in the morning by my new flock guardian. 1am.....4am...6am....ugh!! But soon I learned to ignore the constant alarm clock that was the feather bag out in the coop. I guess he was just keeping it manly, after all, he was the only man living with two women.

    Then came the attack. Not from a raccoon, not from a hawk or even a bear! It came from him.

    One morning, I strolled out, scratch bucket in hand, and opened the coop in all my innocence. Suddenly, it was a blitzkrieg!! Screaming, feathers flying, chicken feet everywhere. The scratch went one direction and I went the other! I was so startled I slammed the coop door shut thinking I had stepped on a land mine armed with chickens. Then came the growl, that classic rooster growl. I cant begin to describe it, but it was something between the growl of a dog and a bear being wok up from his nap. Peering in, I saw my 2 ladies calmly eating the spilled scratch, and there was the rooster, not a feather out of place, eyeing me with all the hatred something with that small of a head can muster.

    So back to the internet I went! BYC saves the day! Once more!

    After reading several articles, I realized that my roo felt I was just another chicken. And not just any chicken, but a weak, whimpy, low on the totem pole, wussy chicken. Well, that wont do. So, after taking some advice, I found him a new home with someone not far away. They needed a rooster....because we all know hens wont lay eggs unless they have a rooster.

    But the coop felt empty without that stud strutting his stuff around the coop. I missed his crow and how pretty he looked, and how well he took care of his girls. He would always climb into the nest boxes and stomp down the shavings for the girls and purr at them to pick the best box. When scratch came, he would pick the best bits and cluck at them to eat them before he would partake. Outside, he would hunt up bugs, but keep an ever vigilant eye on the sky and on the fields for predators. He was a fantastic roo, but a lousy pet.

    Then it dawned on me. Roosters just cant be pets. Sure, there might be one special boy once in a big blue moon, but I had not won the lottery here. It was very unlikely I would find a rooster I could co-exist with on a friendly basis. But I wanted chicks, so I started looking for another rooster. The answer came later when I got a young boy of the Blue Australorp variety.

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    Big Blue

    He was a big beautiful boy.....who would not shut up. Every hour, on the hour he would declare his manliness. I figured he would grow out of it, but nope. He got worse. He would crow in the morning, when he ate, when he scratched for bugs, when he found a worm, when he drank water...even gargled. He would crow when he went to bed, crow in his sleep, crow when one of the hens jostled on the perch, crow when......well you get the idea. I could not take it any more! So the broken record had to go!

    At this point I did not feel a roo was working, so i decided, no more roos! Even my tolerant and wonderful husband was agreeing, after the broken record incident, he pleaded with me, no. more. roos.

    Then someone gifted me a RIR roo that was about 6 months old. Resigned, and doubtful, I took in the roo with full intentions of using the stew pot. However, things got in the way and axe day was delayed due to outside influences. He got along well with my girls, but soon I began to see signs of aggression toward me and to my two older sons. Pretty soon, I felt an attack was imminent and banned my sons from visiting the coop.

    To the BYC Cave, Chickenlady!!

    Once again, I took to reading to avoid a confrontation with Stinky. (We called him that because he had the worst smelling cecal poos I have ever whiffed) What I found were several articles on how to cook a rooster. Of course, I didnt have the set up or the time to go dipping chicken carcasses in hot water. Well actually, I just didnt have a big enough bucket. And when i thought the only solution was to stuff and stew, I found an obscure article about behavioral training.

    In the article, the poster mention how to stop a rooster from seeing you as a complete ninny. Intrigued, I read on. Apparently, roosters see the world as one big vortex that sucks up their ladies at random. And its the roosters duty to stop the vortex from snatching their fluffy feathered bodies into thin air. To that end, the roosters brain is on constant defense mode. Some roosters on the other hand, take it a step further, because fortune favors the prepared, they attack anything and everything that could be a threat.

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    Buster

    Now roosters feel that being the one and only protector of his harem, he needs to announce his dominance to the world...or at least as much of the world as he can see, which isnt much, but to him its everything. this is the first sign of authority. When a rooster crows, he is letting all the other roosters in the world know, that he is boss, healthy and strong. To that end, if the rooster crows with you in the coop, he is telling you that he owns the girls, not you.

    So, every time my rooster crowed with me in the coop, I would take a step toward him. Of course, some roosters are cowards at heart and despite the manly overtures, will run away if you reach toward them. So, instead of a very studly crow, the poor roo would let out a cocka...gurrgle...aaahhhh!! And run away.

    Who is the Ninny now?!

    The second sign of a roosters dominance is mounting his ladies in my presence. Thats his way of saying "See this? its mine...thats mine...those are mine too!" Some believe it to be true and some dont. I think it depends on the roo , of course. So, to solve this, I once again would walk toward him when the jumped onto one of my ladies. Of course this would mess him up and he would topple off in his mad cowardly scramble to get away from me.

    Who is the Wuss now?!

    The third sign and most important in my opinion is the wing drop. This is a possible sign of impending attack and should be dealt with immediately! When the rooster drops his wing to his ladies, he is showing he is boss and sometimes it can lead to a challenge between birds. This is often called a "Dance" but it is also used as a dominance display. Usually it comes to nothing with the girls because they usually submit and squat down for him. However, if he does it to you, grab that feather bag and hold him.

    Thats right. Hold him.

    Pick him up and tuck him under your arm and carry him around for a while. The works if you can actually nab him, but some roosters are as fast as greased pigs on a butter slide. If he gets away, chase him for no more than a few seconds. Roos have a very short attention span, after about thirty seconds, they forget what they were doing before and are running away from the big pink faced finger monster. So dont worry if he gets away. Chasing him is enough to say: "Hey dude! Im not one of your ladies, show some respect!"

    Now, if you do get your hands on him, tuck him under one arm and hold him there for about ten minutes. Longer if he struggles. For me, I found that keeping his head down to the level of his shoulders made him submissive to me. If he brings his head up, I push it back down, or tap him behind the comb until he drops his head.

    At this point, I believe I should mention that in order to tame a rooster, you have to think like one. What would a dominant rooster do to another one? Well, for one, as stated above, he would chase the subordinate rooster. Secondly, they often peck or bite, or kick the lesser rooster, forcing its head down or forcing it to crouch or cower. Now Im not saying you have to chaw into your rooster like a chicken vampire. Thats just gross. Or even drop kick them like a football. However, fingers make great imitation beaks.

    If you would rather not hold your rooster under your arm like a feathery clucking purse, another method I use is to push the rooster down to the floor. I hold his body down, hands over his wings until he stops struggling. I then push his head down to the floor and every time he tries to bring his head up, I "peck" him with my fingernail until he puts his head down. If he does not put his head down, I gently push it down and tap his skull firmly. After a while., the rooster feels embarrassed because the ladies come over to check out what is going on. I give him about two minutes like this, then let him up. But I am the one that gives him permission. I had Stinky trained to the point that he would stay squatting down, head to the floor until I nudged him.

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    The Colonel

    Its important to say, never harm your birds. Causing pain could possibly aggravate the bird further and could cause them to see you as a monster and not as a fellow rooster. This will make you seem a bigger threat to the safety of the flock. Gentle assertive action is usually all that is needed.

    On the other hand, if the rooster just will not learn, or is too far gone to teach, a simple method will solve that right quick. Its a great recipe for crispy fried chicken. Stinky made a great soup! (not because he was unfriendly to people, it was because he kept plucking the tail feathers out of my ladies bustles)

    Remember, roosters are not pets. Having a good tame rooster is a rare and wonderful thing, but most roosters have no desire to be friends. Roosters are livestock, they can be mean and do serious damage with the spurs they have on their legs. If you choose to own a rooster, get them when they are young. Be patient through the teenage months, and show them you are boss at all times. Never show fear to your rooster. Always show strength and dominance. You are the superior being, bigger and have the axe. Never forget it, and make sure he does not either.

    Now dont fret. Roosters can be extremely valuable. Although you and he might not be best of buddies, a rooster can be a wonderful addition to the flock. Just like my rooster Dagger. He was a good boy, never challenged a soul. Always showed respect to his girls, always gave them the best morsels and always made sure there were no vortex monsters to steal them away. He sounded the alarm when predators were close and was very watchful when he let his girls eat in peace. He fathered 8 chicks, 6 of which were roosters too.

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    Dagger

    Sadly, Dagger passed away from unknown causes. Fortunately, his son is still with us and will be carrying on the duties of his father. In addition, I have another young roo who has shown very people friendly traits. He will be kept in the flock and we will see how he does as well.

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    Lil' Blue

    Dont let one bad experience deter you from enjoying a full and happy flock accompanied by a rooster. You never know, one day you could find your golden boy who is just like a lap dog. Or you could be very content in just letting your boy wander the yard and watch over your girls. Roosters can be very heroic and have shown many times their worth in protecting their hens! There are dozens of stories here on BYC that describe such acts of sacrifice and courage that make your heart melt.

    So many roos get sent to slaughter because no one wants to deal with them at the first sign of trouble. But give them a chance, and you might be surprised! Armed with patience and knowledge and a backbone, rooster ownership can be very exciting and rewarding!

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    A Note From Nifty-Chicken:
    A couple of days ago I was talking to one of my next door neighbor’s. They were upset that the neighbor behind them has chickens. This made things awkward for me (as the owner of the site and another neighbor with chickens). It turns out the reason they are upset is because the other neighbor has roosters, which are not allowed in our city. I explained to them that it’s frustrating when people have roosters in areas where they are either illegal or inappropriate, and that this often ruins people's wiliness to support raising BackYard Chickens for the rest of us that want to keep chickens. So, before adding roosters to your flock, make 100% sure it's legal and appropriate to do so.

    What are your thoughts and experiences with having roosters in your flock? Comment below!

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Celticdragonfly
    "Useful and clear"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jun 3, 2019
    Useful practical article that was also entertaining to read. I'll come back to this one when I live somewhere I can have a rooster.
  2. Grllcluck
    "great tips on roos!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Feb 16, 2019
    thank for the great article! Our first foray into tending a backyard flock gifted us with one Roo, our all iridescent black PepperRoo. He is the light of our garden of hens; from his first hysterical gargling moaning crowing practises to his spot-on kind treatment and management of his girls. He never insists on his perogative, - only covering hens amenable to his advances while letting the girls who aren't in the mood pass by unmolested (so far no bald necks!) - crows a reasonable amount, and always ALWAYS calls the girls over when he finds food - even picking up any really special finds and holding it until one of his harem runs over to accept it.
    But. While he has never attacked me, he absolutely cannot abide by my husband. He does crow, mount hens, and rise up to flap his wings in my presence, I think he must consider me to be a tall pink unfeathered mama hen since I'm the one who opens the coop every morning then proceeds to offer all the treats - probably reinforced by my habit of raking back tamped down layers of the straw and leaves so they can get at any worms or tender shoots hiding beneath every now and then.
    But PepperRoo obviously sees my husband as either a threat or a competitor whenever he joins me in the chicken yard. He's tried carrying Pepper tucked under his arm while walking around; he's hand fed Pepper peanuts, he's tried stepping forward into Pepper when he starts showing aggression. That hasn't worked. The latest resort has been for hubby to carry large window screen with him so that when Pepper attacks he hits the screen instead of my husband's shins. Very aggravating for hubby.
    We'll try the "pecking" treatment, and - thanks to your article - have my husband try the step-toward movement when Pepper mounts hens, crows, or mantles in his presence. We both agree PR's good behaviors far outweigh his aggressive behavior - especially since, while hubby is the one who makes sure they have food and water inside the coop and closes up the coop every evening after they've gone to roost, he spends very little time with them other than that nightly ritual.
    Thanks again for the great tips!
    Wendy Case likes this.
  3. Jules929
    "Great info!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jan 19, 2019
    I didn't know that a cockerel/rooster crowing while I am in the coop was a sign of aggression/dominance. You just cemented what I suspected. Of my 2 cockerels, I now know for certain which one to remove!
    Wendy Case likes this.

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  1. Housemom408
    That was the funniest thing I've read in a long time! I was actually laughing out loud. Excellent writing and very informative also. LOVE IT!
  2. redchickenguy
    i have had 4 roos in the last 2 years and i have come to the conclusion that you have a 1 in 5 chance of getting a good one. the only good one i had was a RIR and they are sapposed to be mean
  3. Kadjain
    It is pretty extreme for me with a lot of first timer "knowledge".
    No absolutely not all roosters should just be looked at as livestock. If you were to acquire a rooster from a good breeder of chickens and not an accidental rooster from a hatchery or a CL ad you would get a pet or show quality cock. Both of which would most likely be human social because serious breeders do not want to deal with human aggressive cocks.
    I have two breeding programs, a Pink Egg Project breeding program and an Oriental Gamefowl breeding program. I selectively breed cocks that show human social temperaments and no human aggression. Human aggressive cocks are normally cowards at all other times when they should show bravery. My Pink Egg Project cock has always shown human tolerance and he has confronted a bird of prey with no fear.
    My Oriental Gamefowl cocks are so human social they are like dogs in rooster bodies. They will dance at me too and if I mistook this as a sign of challenge for dominance I wouldn't have the amazing cocks I have now. The dance isn't always a sign of wanting to mate or challenge to fight. If you have very human social cocks they will dance to say they are happy to see you. Mine will run to me do the dance in a complete circle around me bumping me the whole time then leave it at that and just stand there. It's like a good friend coming up giving you 'five' and hangin out. I can approach them anytime I want and pick them up and they never try to run or get defensive. They genuinely appreciate my company.
    Good luck with your rooster quest. If you want a nice cock at some point contact a breeder of pure breeds and ask them about their breeding practices and how they select which cock to breed. You can contact me through this site.
    PS to my above statement: You should never tolerate human aggressive cocks. That is a lot of work to do when there are way too many human social roosters going into stew pots. In my opinion human aggressive cocks taste much better in soups than human social ones. I myself have sold so many human social cockerels for stew pots but I wish I could find flock homes for them all.
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  4. LindaMurphy
    This was very informative. I re-homed an unruly rooster that was hell bent on attacking my knees which have been replaced. I do however want a rooster for my girls so I will give it another try if my Americana baby turns out to be a roo, which I think he might be just by the way he carries himself. If it is a roo then I will try some of these technics and hope for the best. Thanks for sharing.
  5. GD91
    I have had 5 roosters, only one of which was aggressive. I really think more roosters should be given a good chance by owners who have the facilities & good fortune to keep them. Even living in a town has not prevented me keeping my current rooster. He wears a collar at night & doesn't crow at all in it. Even when it is removed he doesn't crow. He is quite a softy & made a wonderful flock addition, I couldn't imagine our flock without him now.
    Also we did practice all the above techniques with him.
    Thanks for a great article.
  6. Joshua G
    Very educational. And fun to read.
  7. VivaldiWinter1
    ~~Thank you for taking the time to write this out. This is very much how you raise an alpha male dog." I received 2 buff Orphington Roosters with my order of 10 hens and 1 rooster. They are 2 weeks old. One is quite bigger than the other, and is fathering much more than the smaller one. I purposefully pick up both of the everyday and hold them until they settle. I hold them up and scratch there bellies.
  8. BooeyBird
    My rooster Miss Jemima (We thought he was a girl since we got him as a chick) is the sweetest thing! He cuddles with us and will sit right on your lap. We used to have another rooster named HappyFeet, but we had to rehome him because his crow was disturbing neighbors. But this little guy has some what of a retarded crow LOL
  9. ceceuu
    TY!! Great article! Will save for a reference! Thank you very much.
  10. Reurra
    Thank you everyone for your feedback!

    Im really glad to know this article has been helpful! On a final note for the rooster article, I will say there may times when nothing works. But I really hope that these ideas will work for more often than not!
  11. theoldguy
    Great story one of the best!Thank you and have fun with your chickens:)
  12. CashandTracy
    Thank you so much! I was concerned about our very young cockerels (3 weeks) becoming aggressive as they get older, not any more! I know now that I can pick our flock "stud" with confidence that he WILL behave.
  13. Yup44
    Awesome post very informative and entertaining
  14. mcanada1779
    thank you for taking the time to write this, I loved it!! so far my rooster is behaving but thanks to u I know how to react if he ever decides to challenge me :)
  15. rjkreutzer
    pretty much how I trained my present roo, well played
  16. WindStep
    @Michelle2001 I Agree With What You Said!
  17. One Chick Two
    Terrific post. Love the dynamic roosters bring to flocks! Can't image not having roos. Actually, I think some roosters are much nicer than many hens. We have 19 roos- 17 (with three different breeds, including a OEGB Bantam) running in the same freerange flock together... and the one lb. Bantam rules the roost over all the large breeds. lol Some roos need attitude adjustments from time to time, but much in their attitude has to do with the amount of time that is spent with them on a regular basis, their environment and knowing what to expect. Also, if they grew up together. Watching their body language is crucial to you can take charge if needed.
  18. One Chick Two
    Terrific post. Love the dynamic roosters bring to flocks! Can't image not having roos. Actually, I think some roosters are much nicer than many hens. We have 19 roos- 17 (with three different breeds, including a OEGB Bantam) running in the same freerange flock together... and the one lb. Bantam rules the roost over all the large breeds. lol Some roos need attitude adjustments from time to time, but much in their attitude has to do with the amount of time that is spent with them on a regular basis, their environment and knowing what to expect. Also, if they grew up together. Watching their body language is crucial to you can take charge if needed.
  19. MichelleVA
    Great Article Thank You So Much I Wish I Saw This Before I Gave Up On My 4 Roosters! Also It Is A False Fact That Hens Will Not Lay With Out A Rooster, I Get Some Times 12 Eggs Per Day Out Of 20 Chickens With Out Any Of Those Feather Balls!
  20. ChickenGirl1402
    This is an amazing article about roosters! We have a few problems with our rooster as well, although he must have a huge breed in his blood line because he is a mammoth! Although we don't know what breed it would be because he is a barnyard mutt! Well, with his size it makes him a lot more intimidating then just a regular sized rooster! He chased me up to my house once and my mom was not happy that I ran from him, but she went out and knocked some sense into him. If we run from him he acts all big and monster like, gets his wings puffed out and starts to chase after you! Other than a few issues with aggression he is overall a great rooster!

    ~Naomi
  21. MyPetNugget
    Great Article!
  22. Buffmama
    Great article. We have 4 roos and I don't have the heart to put em in the pot. It would break my DD's heart. I need to rehome them, but keep coming up empty. We have one that never crows and am thinking of keeping that one. The others are fighting a lot for dominance. One of them has an amazing crow maybe I can get it on video. So I am torn on which one to keep. One of life's big decisions I guess. LOL
  23. Quailsong
    Funny & inspiring.
  24. KieksterChicken
    Thank-you for a great post Reurra!! I have a Dark Cornish rooster I have not officially named yet even though he is a year old. I call him Pretty Boy when he is being nice but most often I call him Dummy becuase he is so aggravating. He respects me to a degree becuase as soon as he does his rooster growl at me and starts his little dance inching towards me for a fight I scoop him up and carry him like a football for a while and "peck" him on the head with my finger when he tries to struggle. I really gave him the what for royal treatment football hold peck for about 10 minutes today becuase he tried to nip me when I reached for him when he was getting huffy with me!. lol! Poor thing kind of walked quietly the opposite direction after I put him down hoping his "girls" didn't see his shaming....think I hurt his pride..lol. Anyways, every week I go between wanting to try him out in a new chicken recipe or leaving him with the flock. He's not overly vicious but he chases my 8 and 10yr old since they never stand their ground when I tell them too but run as soon as the rooster sidles up to them with his dance and growl...sigh.. I don't know what to do. Do roosters settle down sometime after their first year and a half of life or do they just get progressively worse the older they get?
  25. DuginMT
    I have one rooster, a buff orpington, one year old. He is a great protector of the flock, but does attack and chase humans once in a while, usually small ones. He has not drawn blood yet and his spurs are not fully grown out. He does not attack me anymore because I chase him, catch him, and hold him in uncomfortable positions, like upside down, for awhile about once per week. I am teaching my boys to do the same. I would prefer that he was a bit less aggressive, but I have seen him stand up to a boxer dog trying to "play" with his hens. I think all flocks should have a rooster, if they are accepted in your area.
  26. NewMoon5
    Great post! Lol I have fun with my rooster, he's a Rhode Island Red. I thought at times of cooking him but I have him for my hens. I love how he crows. Maybe I might get another rooster. :)
  27. Mac14
    Love this! How many roosters have you had? :)
  28. CHICKEN CRAZY1
    This is pricless information! I have a NHR rosster named Wade. In fact,becuase of your article (and sevral others) he is behaving WAY better and is given my family respect. Thank you for the article!
  29. orpington13
    Hens can lay eggs without a rooster
  30. osagebill88
    I can say I found out that an alpha hen is far more viscous to the other hens than a Roo heading up the flock. Also hard to hatch eggs without one.
  31. kbarrett
    Thank you for this article. I've been fortunate so far in receiving all hens as ordered. My next order is coming in June and a couple of the breeds I ordered have the potential to be broody. I've been toying with the idea of keeping any surprise roos but have been apprehensive about keeping one. Maybe it would be worth a try?
  32. NicChicks2013
    Wonderful information..thank you for sharing it. I am on the fence about a rooster, yet now with a flock of 11. I feel a rooster would serve a great purpose.
  33. PrairieChickens
    Roosters are a unique challenge, for sure. We got two rotten roos in a row when we were first starting out with chickens (both "surprise roosters"--not anything we'd gotten on purpose), and I was starting to think we must be doing something horribly wrong to be turning roosters into nightmares... But then we got rid of the terrors, kept the gentlemanly rooster, and of all the roosters that have happened our way since, not one has been mean and I've only had to correct one naughty boy. I now know that every chicken is an individual, and that roosters especially require a personalized touch to cohabitate with them as harmoniously as possible.
  34. CuriousChicken
    As someone whose flock consists of just a rooster I feel that they can make Amazing pets. Given the proper time and understanding he turned out to be a very good boy. I'm not saying that other people should, or even can, tame a roo to the point of being an indoor pet. Which my roo happens to be an indoor pet, I'm just saying it is possible and Chicken-Butt isn't the most docile roo either. He's just as feisty as any other rooster I've come across, I jut get feisty right back at him.
  35. EnsignIdonia
    I did the same peck action when one of my hens were pecking at any skin she could see on me.

    We have a huge Albertan rooster that is sweet as pie and scared of people.
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  37. Reurra
    I forgot to mention in the article, the key to understanding animals behavior is good observance. Watch how they interact and how they react to each other. This is vitally important for learning how they are talking to eachother, much the same way as we humans talk and use body language to convey our feelings and intentions.
  38. OKprairiegirll
    Have discovered that my rooster is EITHER a Welsummer (not know to be overly aggressive) or a Partridge Leghorn (who could prove to have the game cock's aggressiveness). Either way, I am prepared for his antics - I hope. <G> In a way, I would like for him to be aggressive to handle the dogs around here. My little 5 pounder already mauled a guinea (the guinea's ok) and my daughter's dog killed a chicken. Would like him to "take charge" of all except me.
  39. Peaceeagle1
    I have a Gold Laced Wyndotte that is "Cock of the walk". He tried to get aggressive towards me ONCE. I grabbed him by the legs and held him upside down until he quit protesting then just a little longer. Have had no problems since.He even tolerates me petting him without complaining, but only at night on the roost.
  40. oceanjean
    By the way, hens do lay eggs without roosters. But, the eggs WILL NOT hatch, or even begin to form into a chick, so if you want chicks, get a rooster. The eggs WILL be fresher, longer if you do not have a rooster.
  41. oceanjean
    I think it's too late for me to train my rooster... He's a pain in the butt. I've hit him before when he attacked me. But that is what most people that I saw said to do, hit him back hard...
  42. OKprairiegirll
    Very educational. I bought babies this spring - banded. But, thought I just had to have a rooster. I've only had him 3 days and he is so beautiful I keep taking his picture. I will definitely keep in mind how to train him to not be aggressive. Thanks for posting your experiences.
  43. arcy liger
    i have one rooster over one hen
    but i m the boss
  44. desertegg
    Great post! Very entertaining and informative. Now if only we could get my husband and neighbors on board...

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