Guard Rooster?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bigwig, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. Bigwig

    Bigwig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whats the most protective breed(s) of rooster? My ameraucana roosters are wimps.
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Virtually all high yield production breeds have had the aggressive, protective instincts bred out of them. The best guardians of the flock are game breeds. I've read that Iowa Blue roosters are also excellent flock protectors, but I haven't personally owned any of them to verify this.
     
  3. Manningjw

    Manningjw Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    I have essentially no experience with Game Birds but what Michael said is consistent with what I have read about them. The roosters from my production birds are quite people friendly.

    Out of production birds, I have heard that Rhode Island Reds can be aggressive at times, and my breeding using Red Stars (RIR x RIW cross) yielded some oddly aggressive hens but not necessarily roosters [​IMG]. My only rooster I kept from that hatch gave his life defending against a raccoon attack though, but he was timid otherwise and more friendly than his sisters.
     

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