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can cockerels make good pets?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by emmarouth17, May 7, 2016.

  1. emmarouth17

    emmarouth17 In the Brooder

    May 7, 2016
    Hi I'm new to this site I have just hatched 6 chicks under a broody and I think some may be cockrales I keep all my chickens for pets so want them to be friendly can cockrals make good pets? x

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Congrats on your new chicks :clap Some cockerels can be friendly yes but I find leaving them to get on with their job the best option. It really can depend on their disposition. With all the will in the world if you get a bad one you get a bad one and there is not much you can do about it.

    Good luck with your chicks and enjoy BYC :frow
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If a cockerel(rooster) is looking after his hens - I don't think he would have the inclination to be a pet as well.
  4. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop

    Jun 16, 2012
    Tending to my chickens

    Generally speaking, cockerels are not the best pets. However, some people have "trained" their roosters to where they are very docile and may make good company and protection. There is a chance that the cockerel will be aggressive no matter what you do to combat this, but I have found that it is a relatively small chance if the cockerel is handled enough as a chick and into adulthood.
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    This is part of the reality of hatching chicks. About half will be boys, and sometimes you get an all cockerel hatch. It's something you need to be prepared for and have a plan for what to do with those boys. Most cockerels do not make good pets. It's a very, very rare boy that can be both a good flock leader and is super sweet with people. Also consider that one cockerel will need at least 10 hens to be kept 'satisfied'. Are you willing to keep enough hens to occupy all of your potential cockerels? If not, then rehome them, and don't ask too many questions. It's getting to be the time of year when cockerels are hard to unload. You'll be lucky to give them away.
  6. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    I have and have had some cockerels and roosters that are and were great. Others not so much. What concerns me with small numbers you will not have enough hens for your cockerels and they could be overbred in which case none of your chickens would be happy.
    Cockerels kept together (in a bachelor pad) might be happier than cockerels kept with just a few hens.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    I answered on your other thread.

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