Great article in outlining which roosters should be "allowed" to breed. A lot of behavior is genetic, and even though handling (or mishandling) can change a rooster's behavior, going for the nice and natural behaving ones to repopulate the flock is a good way to ensure naturally behaving roosters in the future.
I'm SO glad I read this article, it's given me some hope for my guy, he's 9 months old. He's aggressive towards me and no-one else and I've tried several ways to change his attitude. I'm also adding another 11 pullets to his harem in July/August making a total of fifteen! He's FANTASTIC as far as looking after his girls, he eats last, tidbitting often and calls the girls immediately he finds anything he thinks they'll like. I have no idea at this point what he'd be like with chicks. He only has four girls right now, but I live in an area that has very few options to purchase pullets. So he has to wait.
Hopefully his attitude will change towards me as he matures and more girls are added. I was pleased to see your rato as I've always been told 10 to 1. I know exactly when his attitude changed towards me and why. But if I see ANY aggression towards ANYONE else... He will be dispatched. Finding another rooster with a great disposition will be a nightmare, as I'd basically be taking the seller's word for it.
Thank you again.
I've always heard horror stories about roosters attacking babies. Never made sense survival wise. Glad this is a criteria.
My little guy a Dutch Bantam rooster is working overtime keeping his full size flock save and sound. He's the sweetest lil guy. Good with chicks, in fact pays special attention and never pecked at them.
Bonus points, fathered 10 chicks so far this year. Hope they inherit his good temper.
Great article! You are on point with your reasoning about what makes a good flock rooster. I am blessed to have such a rooster! I have had Max my super sweet flock rooster for six years. He meets all your qualifications and he has never let me down.
Appreciate this article very much. We just went through this for the first time. We have 20 hens and two original roos, a black cochin and a buff laced Polish. We got two young roosters from a broody hatch and they turned into nightmares at about 4 months. It was beginning to change the dynamic of the flock, creating stress for all. We made the decision to cull the two wild men, and everyone is happier. Great article and very useful guidelines, thank you.
excellent article. I think I need to remove my rooster and it makes me sad. I know he has scared me a little by chasing my legs and flapping his wings and pulling out neck feathers from one of my one hens. I have a granddaughter and don't want to take a chance that he might go after her.
This is a very informative article about not only choosing a rooster, but what subtle cues to look for, and criteria to examine when evaluating roosters you might have when looking at the big picture of your total flock and how to achieve your goals of harmony and safety within it.