Best Rooster Breeds

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Hey everyone!
I need another rooster for my flock, but I'm not sure what breed to get. I used to have a standard size Barred Rock rooster who was protective (which was good for the hens) but mean, so I won't get another Barred Rock rooster in case that one's mean to me, too.
I would need a standard size rooster breed that is known to be nice to owners, and is protective over and respectful to hens. Does anyone with experience know of any good rooster breeds? Thank you in advance!
 

nuthatched

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There's really no answer, some breeds are higher strung, some are calmer but almost all behavior is learned from: poor handling and training/good handling and training, a roo raised around older hens or one raised with hens his age will typically be more respectful to his women than a roo raised in the same batch as the hens. Protectiveness is up to individual rooster. Everything is up to the individual rooster. I know people with Teddy bear game breeds and others with jerkwad silkies or orpingtons
Another Barred Rock could be the best thing ever. You never know.
 

Abpoultry

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Hey everyone!
I need another rooster for my flock, but I'm not sure what breed to get. I used to have a standard size Barred Rock rooster who was protective (which was good for the hens) but mean, so I won't get another Barred Rock rooster in case that one's mean to me, too.
I would need a standard size rooster breed that is known to be nice to owners, and is protective over and respectful to hens. Does anyone with experience know of any good rooster breeds? Thank you in advance!
Orphingtons are very friendly a docile and also arnt to loud, I was going to suggest getting a pekin/Cochin because they are very friendly but are small and if u have big hens that wouldn't work
 

Skyle

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I know Brahma, standard Cochin, Faverolles and Orpington are some of the most docile breeds, but some may be not much protective. I have Brahmas and I know a friend who has Orpingtons, both are nice and friendly. I don't know which breeds of hens do you have, they may be too heavy for them. The Faverolles is the smaller of these four breeds and it's (on average) 1 lbs heavier than a barred rock.
My bf has Marans, his old rooster was a devil, the roo he has now it's very docile and a good flock protector.
Unfortunately the behaviour sometimes it's completely different from the standard: like a mean silkie or a cuddly leghorn. For example, I have an Australorp which goes broody every year (and she is very stubborn about this)
 
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There's really no answer, some breeds are higher strung, some are calmer but almost all behavior is learned from: poor handling and training/good handling and training, a roo raised around older hens or one raised with hens his age will typically be more respectful to his women than a roo raised in the same batch as the hens. Protectiveness is up to individual rooster. Everything is up to the individual rooster. I know people with Teddy bear game breeds and others with jerkwad silkies or orpingtons
Another Barred Rock could be the best thing ever. You never know.
That's true, I did handle my Barred rooster a lot as a chick. He was very tame and sat on my shoulder a lot but he completely changed when he got bigger. He was my first batch of chicks, so I know I can't really say Barred Rock roosters are always bad, but to be honest with myself I really just want a large variety of chickens. LOL.
 

Abpoultry

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And just to throw it out there in case someone is wondering I'm not too concerned about noise, I live in the country and I own guineas, Ha ha!
Your lucky we live in the countryside but with very grumpy neighbours who have threatened to call the council once just when a broody hen was loud, so we only hatch quail chicks now becuase it doesn't matter if the get a rooster
 

nuthatched

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That's true, I did handle my Barred rooster a lot as a chick. He was very tame and sat on my shoulder a lot but he completely changed when he got bigger. He was my first batch of chicks, so I know I can't really say Barred Rock roosters are always bad, but to be honest with myself I really just want a large variety of chickens. LOL.
Variety is fun! Yeah, handling roos too much can make them not respect you, 'familiarity breeds contempt' and to paraphrase sourland, "treat your hens like pets and your roos like chickens"
 

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