Friendly Rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jenace, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. Jenace

    Jenace Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone tell me what are the best breeds to get a DOCILE and FRIENDLY rooster? I just want to get one rooster for a SMALL flock. Any ideas?
     
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go with docile breeds: Orpingtons, Cochins, Silkies.
     
  3. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a cockerel from someone who has a well tempered rooster - temperament is largely genetic. Parentage is more important than breed here. There are some really nasty silky roosters out there, and some really good RIRs.
     
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  4. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True. Goodness knows there are always TONS of ppl trying to rehome good roosters here on BYC.
     
  5. Jenace

    Jenace Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm getting chicksfrom some chicken place. Ha ha... Sorry, haven't worked out the details, but anyway -- I have to pick a breed. I am just trying to find the none-for-being-docile birds and get a rooster in that breed. I'll be hand-caring for them and trying to socialize with them a lot. But there can always be a bad rooster.
     
  6. Jenace

    Jenace Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you think a speckled sussex rooster would be a fine choice?
     
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I love my SS hens, but two of three cockrels I raised turned into human aggressive jerks. The birds were from two different hatcheries, not show breeder flocks, so maybe SS cockrels from a breeder who culls for temperament would work out better. Or get an older cockrel or cock with known behavior. The SS are wonderful birds, IMO, and beautiful! As other posters mentioned, individual temperament, more than breed type matters. Mary
     
  8. Jenace

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    So I might just have to pick what I want and hope for the best? (Also, the more you handle them as chicks, the better they are when they grow up, right?)
     
  9. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ehhhh ... it's a crap shoot. Sometimes over-taming just makes the roosters think you're below them in the pecking order, which leads to aggression down the road. Pick what you want, hope for the best, if it doesn't work out, send that nasty roo to freezer camp and find a nice one here on the forum.
     
  10. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had some bad ones. Right now I have a few very good ones. Never even looked at me funny. I rally think its genetic. I have raised some Marans from a rooster that I know was friendly and all his offspring that I have kept have been friendly.
    Find out what their fathers were like.
     

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