Everything you need to Know About A Rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TheTwoRoos, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roosters are interesting.They are also fun to watch and keep,sometimes.

    First we'll start of with frequently asked questions.

    Do hens need a rooster to lay eggs?No.Hens do not need a rooster to lay eggs.roosters have nothing to do with her egg production.Although if she is overmated and put under stress by roosters,but that's the only cause.

    Roosters only crow in the morning.This is also not true,it's a lie.I have had a few roosters in my lifetime and they never shut up.They will crow at night,in the middle of the day, 5:00 in the morning,pretty much,whenever they feel the need.

    Are all roosters Aggressive?No.Some roosters are some are not.Some young roosters (Known as cockerals) can be aggressive,but that is usually because of hormones,which they cannot help.

    Is it true that you need 10 hens to one roosters otherwise if you don't they'll be over mated?I do not believe this.roosters will be selective sometimes and mate with a specific hen.So regardless of what you do,I don't think i would matter.

    Why do roosters crow?A crow is the roosters way of claiming their hens and their territory.If you have other roosters sometimes they will use as a call to challenge the other.When I had my other roo's they would have crowing contests.Some roosters may not crow at all,or very little.This is common when you have more then one rooster.Lot's of times the most dominant rooster is allowed to crow,while the others sit back and watch.Sometimes if you have like 3 roosters,one will be dominant and be able to mate freely without being flogged off the hen,while the 2nd most dominant one is allowed to mate and crow,and the 3rd is not allowed to do any.Some roosters/cockerals are stubborn and will break he chicken laws.Also lower roosters are often not aloud to eat,drink,and dust bath until everyone else has done their thing.And if they try,they often are shewed by the most dominant.

    Why do people keep roosters?Roosters are good protection and see many more things in the air.They are also more cautious.Roosters are also provided with spurs.When they are between 3 months and a year old,they generally are only a few cm long,but that does't mean their not useful.The older a rooster gets,the bigger he spurs grow.They also let out a loud screeching sound letting everybody know that there is something in the area.

    How do I tame a rooster?If your planning on getting a rooster,get it as a chick.This gives you time to hold it,hand feed etc.Spends lots of time with it.You can find adult roosters who are docile,but I like getting them as chicks.If you don't want your rooster to be mean treat it as if you were the flock leader.(Also,another reason you get them young and not from a house is because you don't if they could have been abused.)

    1:Do not walk around him,walk straight threw him moving him out the way.
    2:If your rooster happens to be docile and lets you hold him or catch him,never hold him upside,or any awkward way.
    3:Never swat,slap,throw kick etc at a rooster,this could cause him to be aggressive.
    4:If your rooster does decide to flogg,peck or anything to harm you,do not stand down and run.You want to run at him,flap your hands or roughly nudge him with your foot.
    5:Try holding him and calming him down if he decides he would rather you not be around.
    6:Also,starting from the day you get him,hold him,and his pullets.He needs to know it is ok for you to be messing with his girls and him.

    Do roosters kill their chicks?This is likely.They won't kill their future.Some roosters may not be so fawnof them and chase them around etc,but most generally they won't.They may abuse young cockerals or even kill them though.

    Breeds that I suggest:
    New Hampshire reds:They usually are not human aggressive,and so far my young cockeral has been doing a great job.
    Buff Orpingtons:I had one rooster like this.He was young and very dumb,but he was also nice.
    Bantam roosters:Their tiny but very protective from what I have saw and heard.They have attacked people,but it isn't common.Their tiny anyways.
    Leghorns:I had a leghorn rooster.He was a great rooster.He was nice,but flightly.

    Tidbiting:
    This is a way of roosters trying impress his hens.He picks up random things up out of the ground,or sometimes he finds treats,bugs etc and he begins calling his ladies over.

    The dominate wing:Dominate WingThis is the submisave Squat.Hens will often do this for roosters.
    This also a way of impressing the hens.He may do his around his hens.If he is attractive he will then rise his mane up then the hen will submit and he will begin mating.Not only is his dance a way of impressing,but he will also do this to them to show he is boss.He may even do this to other animals.

    Hens/pullets also do not like being submissave to cockerals.They generally wait till the roosters have became mature enough to care for a flock and his babies.

    How to tell cockerals from Pullets:
    Often times people do not have any clue how to tell a Pullet(Young hen) from a cockeral(Young rooster)
    [​IMG]This is a Pullet
    Pullets do not start to develop combs or wattles till about ages 5 or 6 months.They should also have pale faces.
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    Not sure if you can see he pic,but if you look closely you can see the lightly reddish comb and waddles.This chick is a cockeral,he is also younger then the chick you see above.This is what most young roosters will combs or faces will look like.

    Cockeral Info:
    Cockerals are just young or Teenage roosters.They often are a bit crazy from ages 2 months-9 months old.They go threw several hormone stages.During about 5 months of age they begin showing off,and this is also probably the most "Meanist" stages of their lifes.
    Some questions people ask are,When do cockerals begin caring for the flock,and how do they learn?
    For roosters it's just a natural instinct.They usually begin practice at about 2 months.They try their hardest.I have had cockerals several times.They will peep trying to impress the hens,but the hens know their youngsters still,and usually pay no attention.
     
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  2. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do roosters spurs keep growing (forever)? My rooster is a year old now and his spurs look like they are about 3/4" long, and are straight, not curved. When do they get to that dangerous stage: when they do curve? Do you trim your roosters spurs, and if so, how old was he when you started?

    So far he is great - love him. A few times he has come up to me (like when I took a hen out of the coop or something similar) and he just stops short a few feet away and doesn't do anything. I have never backed away from him, and I am not afraid of him. Is this a good sign?
     
  3. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oops! Another question: When the rooster tries to do his little dance around me (he in the coop, me outside) is just standing up and walking away the correct action I should take? That is what I have done to date. He seldom does that, but has done it two or three times.
     
  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe they do.There is a certain point where their spurs are too long.My lead roosters spurs grew very huge,but not enough to make him trip and he is six years.I have never had to trim mine,but some people do adventually.

    They reach a dangerous stage at about 1 year.My roosters spurs are becoming sharp and he is only 10 months.

    That is a very good sign.But,he can change at any moment,but looks like you probably won't need to worry about i
     
  5. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That needs to be assisted.Make it stop.Push him,stop him in the action.I have only heard of doing those.You can research ways to break that happen.this can escalate from a dance to him flogging you.
     
  6. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your help. I guess I could hit the hardware cloth but I can't really hit him as he is inside the cage. Did search after you suggested, and the posts I found agreed with you. Hitting the cage would probably scare him. We are very fond of him so I hope he doesn't become aggressive.
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Another thing people do with roosters that think they Ned to flog you is squirt them in the face with a stream of water from a water bottle.
     
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  8. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never though of that hanks for the info.
     
  9. chickychickidee

    chickychickidee New Egg

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    My rooster isn't quite a year old, but he only apears to have one spur about half an inch long. Is this be normal for his age?
     
  10. chicklover56

    chicklover56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are Aracaunas good roosters to have?
     

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