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I love my new rooster Henry!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kylea0219, May 17, 2015.

  1. Kylea0219

    Kylea0219 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just adopted a new Ameraucana rooster ( possibly Easter egger) I am really hoping he keeps his sweet disposition. He is very easy to handle and hold. He's younger then my hens so the pecking order is all kinds of messed up. Some of my bigger girls are picking on him but I'm sure that will end soon. Any one know if roosters drastically change disposition as they age? [​IMG]
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  2. Caroline14

    Caroline14 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Rhode Island Red rooster and he was always very sweet,but he started having a little bit of an attitude and wouldn't want to be picked up as he got older[​IMG].So what I did was every time he would try and do something mean I would pick him up and wouldn't let him out of my arms till he calmed down and now he's back to his sweet self and loves to be held all of the time[​IMG] So my advice to you is as long as you spend a lot of time with your rooster and don't let him get away with any meanness,your rooster should remain the sweet rooster you know and love[​IMG].Hope this helped!
     
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  3. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    He looks around four months or there abouts, am I right? One big thing you have going in your favor is EEs, and that's what he is, are super sweet and very much huggie bears. You know there's going to be a "however" or a "but", don't you?

    He still hasn't been bombarded by his dreaded cockerel hormones yet. But very soon. It will be a lot like living with a pubescent thirteen year old. He will suddenly develop an attitude. It closely follows starting to have rooster flashy good looks and he will flaunt it. Like the previous poster warned, he will require discipline when he steps out of line. You'll know what that is when you see it. Do NOT accept any aggressive behavior from him no matter how harmless you may think it is. Undisciplined cockerels turn into problem roosters.

    But the real good news is he's a breed that has a sweet temperament, so he won't require much discipline, and his "break-in" period may just require a few weeks and he'll have gotten the idea. There are lots of great rooster training tutorials if you use the BYC search.

    Then by the time he's a year old, he'll begin mellowing out, and you may have yourself a "gentleman roo".
     
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  4. Kylea0219

    Kylea0219 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     
  5. Cack-a-doodle

    Cack-a-doodle Out Of The Brooder

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    Be care ful I had a rooster did give lots of attention to him still became violent attack rooster he killed a 3 foot tall male goose that was very strong bloody fight but he finished him also he gave my uncle 4 stitches on the leg
     
  6. MountainOrchard

    MountainOrchard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww, I love him too! He looks so sweet. Hope his hormones don't make him too horrible. ;)
     
  7. newmarch2014

    newmarch2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the same fingers crossed position. I have a 10 week old Brahma rooster that is so sweet. Had a pow wow with the family last night on the exact subject of not ruining him. " I don't care if you are scared spitless, grab that little buggar and hold him down till he relaxes and if he stands in front of you somewhat gently plow right through him". I want him around for awhile, he is so sweet and so far quiet.
     
  8. Kylea0219

    Kylea0219 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any other suggestions on how to keep him nice?
     
  9. newmarch2014

    newmarch2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really from all of my research and childhood experience it is a large majority genetics. A nice rooster begats a nice rooster many times. Not giving a good rooster a reason to be ornery with you is important so not distressing a hen in front of him is helpful, this means doing health checks at night after they are roosted sometimes, or on the sly if you can lure them to your lap or after you have closed him in the coop so he does not see you chasing them down. I know my Brahma roo is already coming to me and lightly pecking my hand when I am holding the pullets and they are sqwaking and carrying on. It is not aggressive yet but he already has the inclination to protect them from me this could become a problem later.
     
  10. Cack-a-doodle

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    Ruffle his feathers show him your dominate
     

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