Have you ever had a nice rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Azureth, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. Azureth

    Azureth In the Brooder

    Nov 23, 2017
    I know that it's par for the course for roosters to be pretty mean and aggressive, especially the older they get But have you ever had a nice rooster that would say let you pet him was friendly etc.?
  2. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    I have three buff Brahma bantam Roos. Only one is nice. He loves to be pet and snuggled and is so nice to the hens. He also does hand shakes with me. Lol
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    I would say the opposite. Yes, there are mean roosters. But those are the ones you hear about. You simply don't hear about the nice ones. Many of us have nice roos. The avatar roo you see here is Jack. He was the patriarch of many birds in my flock. He was not human aggressive. Not aggressive to my dog, or to other birds in the flock. He was not even aggressive to cockerels who were left in the flock with him. He loved his ladies, found them nice nest spots, and would fluff up the nest bedding for them. He accompanied his ladies to and from the nest box when they were out to free range. He loved his babies, and tidbitted all the birds in his flock, including the teen age cockerels.

    Jack's replacement is Goliath. He is a huge mahogany red Buck Eye. And he is showing every promise of being as good a roo as Jack was.

    I don't make pets of my roos. They know their place. From the moment that I know a bird is a cockerel, I adopt a hands off and an arm's length away policy. IMO, this is the best way to raise a roo who is not human aggressive.
  4. Holly01

    Holly01 In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2018
    I have 6 roosters and they are all very nice. Some of them even will fly onto my arm.
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  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Several.....my best was a barred Cochin, Champ, who would let me carry him around, push him in a baby stroller and sit through tea parties (I was 8, lol,). He was part of my first flock. I also had a lovely buff laced polish that sticks out in my mind. There have been others, but those two really stasnd out for me. There have been some jerks as well but it's the good ones you remember
  6. Azureth

    Azureth In the Brooder

    Nov 23, 2017
    Really interesting. My dad had a Rhode Island Red Rooster that got very mean.....until something got him.
  7. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Addict

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    Yup we had a couple of nice roosters.

    A bantam red Cochin named Scooter and a Japanese bantam named Bill.

    Have had mean ones too but they did not get to stay.
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  8. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    My bantam Cochin rooster is a gentleman.
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  9. Holly01

    Holly01 In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2018
    He is just so cute!
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  10. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

    Sep 21, 2017
    Upstate NY
    I've had some truly kind intelligent roos that didn't fight, liked people, even helped sit eggs. Probably ten easily that were never human aggressive. I firmly believe breed matters lots. There's always exceptions but I bet hatchery Rhode Island Reds attack lots more than cochins!

    I had one that was really incorrigible and have to say he was the only one that got handled lots. He was an extra hatchery rare breed and very loud in the brooder so we were always picking him up to check him.

    I now take the advice to limit handling and I'll add hand feeding of cockerels. One of mine started biting until I stopped giving him treats. Now he's doing great, enjoys the occasional pat and gets along with everyone.

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