Choosing rooster or 2 to keep

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I wear any colors or patterns that i have, including bright red, orange, or whatever. I'm still the giant who brings food, regardless, and don't accept excuses for idiots who attack me, for any reason.
As @aart mentioned, walk around out there, and walk through them, never around, especially the cockerels and roosters. I walk and talk, don't run, scream, or act anything but calm. I will call them for treats, but not every day, just often enough that the flock will come running.
I expect the cockerels to learn good rooster behaviors, as they mature, and as the roosters and hens educate them. The cockerels don't start out doing it right, but over a few months, they develop better social skills. Jerks leave!
Chickens can recognize individual humans, practice facial recognition, and it really doesn't matter what's being worn'Mary
 

aart

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I wear any colors or patterns that i have, including bright red, orange, or whatever. I'm still the giant who brings food, regardless, and don't accept excuses for idiots who attack me, for any reason.
Same here...tho I mostly wear dull tones.
But carrying something(ladder, leaf bags, tools, etc) into the area can upset them,
that's where the soft voice comes in, I talk to them that "it's OK" and they calm down.
 

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I'm new at choosing roosters, having lucked out with Marion in my in-town flock, but aggression will be a definite no-go.

I'm going to have to pick among 5-6 of my Blue Australorps from the latest order and I'm going to look for rapid growth, solid health, good conformation -- not necessarily in the breed-to-SOP sense but in having a well-balanced shape with good proportions -- and, because they're blue, good coloration.

I wear any colors or patterns that i have, including bright red, orange, or whatever. I'm still the giant who brings food, regardless, and don't accept excuses for idiots who attack me, for any reason.

Having read so many accounts of chickens freaking out because the keeper changed clothing I've made a point of wearing different things when tending them.

Except for my muck boots. Muck boots in the coop are non-negotiable.
 

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