Thank you for such great information! Since we hatched all our flock, we have an “abundance” of roosters. We are watching to see which one(s) we want to keep. This article will help immensely in that process! Thanks!
A well written, knowledgeable article on rooster behavior. I have tried to keep roosters in the past, but they crow all day and it makes me crazy! I will reassess the situation, since I have a Buff Orpington cock that I want to keep. He is only 6 weeks old, so no bad behaviors yet, lol.
I really enjoyed this. I am sure naturally good production roos are hard to come by. I had 3. One was a tyrant. Would never want babies from him. One became more that way watching the first. The 3rd I kept. Only shy of 5 months but is really showing the good qualities I expect from what I have learned.
This article is well put together and clarifies roo behavior, especially for a beginner like me. Glad I took the time to read it!
I am always interested in learning to read the behavior and actions of my chickens...both hens and roosters. This gives great insight to the traits to look for in a well mannered rooster (and hen), especially as we move forward to breeding this upcoming year. Thanks for the great info!
Far too many persons seem to injoy a hostile Cock so they can be violent in return.
Wonderful photos and thorough explanation of what makes a naturally good rooster. I love that you discussed the importance of selecting for temperament, something that I think is often overlooked. The disadvantages of imprinting are often overlooked as well. Thank you!
About the best on roosters I've read on BYC.
One point well made and very rarely mentioned; full out physical aggression is not in the interests of the rooster.
One point that could be made in this article; domesticated does not mean tame.
Excellent job. You're going on my follow list in case you manage to break out a rash of rationality and reason here.