Crowing ?'s

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PhlyinPheBee, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

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    I have some questions about crowing. If I get only 1 rooster with along with the 20 or so hens that I have already will he be quieter than if their were more that one roo?? Will he be calmer if he is raised by hand and cuddled more as a chick??

    Thanks.
     
  2. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Having a tame rooster is a guessing game. You can love and cuddle them all you want when they are small, but when they grow up, they do what they are supposed to do, protect the hens, even if that means flogging you. As far as the crowing, one rooster isnt probably as loud as two, but they are going to crow regardless, thats just what they do.
     
  3. LadyShred

    LadyShred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Taming roosters can be bad. They won't be afraid of you. Therefore, the feel as if you are one to try to dominate when their testosterone kicks in to high gear. I can't help but love on all my babies when they're little, but when I can tell which ones are roosters, I try to leave them alone. Just my luck, they're usually the ones that's most attached to me [​IMG]

    Bantam roosters don't crow as loud as larger roosters. Some crow only in the morning, some crow 24/7. A dominant, proud rooster will crow A LOT. A lesser rooster will usually never crow in the prescence of a more powerful one. I had one rooster that got beat up by his brother once, and that poor guy never crowed again, even after years of having his own hens.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    IMHO, loving on a baby roo is the worse thing you can do. They lose their fear of you that way and it's a short step from there to trying to dominate you.
    My Thor has never been handled, beyond carrying him in the house once a week to do health checks on him. I wait until he goes to roost at night to pick him up. He's a little bit afraid of me and I consider that a good thing. He recognizes that I'm dominant over him.
    I learned from my mistakes with my former alpha roo. I won't make them again. Read my BYC for more info. on that.
    I agree with LadyShred about the crowing. If you have a very dominant alpha roo and a submissive one, the sub. may never crow or crow very little. He'd be too afraid of getting his butt kicked by the alpha roo.
     
  5. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

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    Well I guess that idea is out. I did not think about ya'lls point. I will just raise it like the others and hope for the best.
     

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