I LIKE my Rooster

igorsMistress

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I was telling a lady I know that we finally got chickens and she told me if I got a rooster I should be prepared to kick it across the yard to show it who's boss. I was horrified.

The minute I suspected a roo in my flock I started reading about how to handle it. I've learned so much from the experts here on BYC and I'm thankful. Because I like my rooster.

I love hearing Emmet crow in the morning, which isn't too early either. He's so sweet to the girls. He calls them for treats he finds, lets them eat first, and keeps a watchful eye for predators. He's a wonderful escort for them and they all seem to like him. No bare backs, he has never hurt anyone while mating.

We've had our moments of learning and he's beginning to understand the rules. Crowing is ok if he's across the yard, no mating in line of sight. He's been goosed on his fluffy butt and chased off and kept away from the girls. Shades of @Beekissed and her excellent advice. And she's right, it's FUN! I keep him guessing...some days I don't give him an inch of slack, some days he might get a break.

I have learned too though. I don't sit with the girls on the edge of the patio any more because he started his little shoulder drop dance. I put myself in a bad position before I even thought about what I was doing. We have a picnic table where the girls join me now instead, but he's not allowed up there with me.

I've taught my kids how to handle him and the grandkids are never allowed out to see the girls without an adult.

We seem to have an agreement , he still eats from my hand, but at arms length. I'm not afraid to turn my back on him, but I do keep an eye on him. So far he keeps an eye on me too but hasn't decided to attack.
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aart

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Handsome boy! A good roo and as, or more importantly, a good roo keeper case truly be a joy.
Ditto Dat^^^

@wyldflwr Nice thread and boy! How old and what breed?

I've had 2 good roos.
One came to me as an adult, an already good boy that gave me a head start to learning.
He retired back to original owner when I wanted a different breed of flock sire.

Woody the Welsummer I raised from a chick.....
....good demeanor genetically? maybe, we had some 'talks'.
I limited my handling of him starting at about 6 weeks.
I can examine him off the roost at night he's like putty in my hands.
He'd questioned my handling his girls at the beginning,
but we talked it out pretty easily.
He's never been aggressive and only very rarely gives me the stink eye any more.
Am getting ready to retire him and have 3 young(6wks) Marans cockerels to choose from. Hopefully my luck and skills will make for my 3rd 'good roo'.

Well, that was chatty for me....so, pics too!
Mister Rooster...my first.
ETA: not sure why it chipped his head off...hates does not like the new image system.

Woody at 17 wks

Woody just a couple months ago.
 

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So far, I like my cockerel, whom I've temporarily dubbed "Noodles," (as in chicken and Noodles,) but he's only started mating recently. I've never seen him do it, but I've found fertilized eggs so I know he has to be, that, or one of my girls is a roohen. He's such a cutie, but very shy and standoffish. I don't try to catch him anymore as he'll go berserk trying to escape...even as far as to cram his head between the bars of the kennel while running sideways. I'm afraid he'll break his neck! However, since we don't plan on raising chicks, my husband doesn't want to keep him and considers him another mouth to feed with no payout. I don't completely disagree, but I like the idea of the girls having someone to look after them when we aren't with them, and providing he turns out to be a well-behaved roo, (as we learn to be well-behaved roo handlers,) I'd like to keep him around.
 

igorsMistress

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Thanks to all for sharing your stories and pics. It's nice to see others can come to an agreement with the boys.:thumbsup

@MrsAuberry00 it wasn't my original intent to even have a roo let alone breed. But after the way things worked out it seems I've been given an opportunity to share a great experience with my grandkids. I've changed my mind;) I hope Noodles is a good boy and you get to keep him! I don't chase Emmet or hold him, but of his own accord he will eat from my hand if there are raisins involved.

@Ol Grey Mare and @aart wow, thank you both for the compliment! :love very kind of you both.

@aart Emmet is an Easter Egger that I got in the "Ameraucana" bin at the feed store. Thanks for sharing pictures of Mister Rooster and your VERY handsome Woody. I really like that bright orange!

I happened outside today as the girls were laying and that silly bird was singing along :lau
 

bobbi-j

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Ditto Dat^^^

@wyldflwr Nice thread and boy! How old and what breed?

I've had 2 good roos.
One came to me as an adult, an already good boy that gave me a head start to learning.
He retired back to original owner when I wanted a different breed of flock sire.

Woody the Welsummer I raised from a chick.....
....good demeanor genetically? maybe, we had some 'talks'.
I limited my handling of him starting at about 6 weeks.
I can examine him off the roost at night he's like putty in my hands.
He'd questioned my handling his girls at the beginning,
but we talked it out pretty easily.
He's never been aggressive and only very rarely gives me the stink eye any more.
Am getting ready to retire him and have 3 young(6wks) Marans cockerels to choose from. Hopefully my luck and skills will make for my 3rd 'good roo'.

Well, that was chatty for me....so, pics too!
Mister Rooster...my first.
ETA: not sure why it chipped his head off...hates does not like the new image system.

Woody at 17 wks

Woody just a couple months ago.
Woody is GORGEOUS!
 
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