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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by goldenchic, Nov 15, 2009.
will my cockerel peck my grandchildren ?
It depends on his personality. If he is a good protector of his hens and he perceives your grandchildren a threat, like chasing the hens or getting too close or just bothering him too much, he will.
Again, some roosters are just bullies. You will have to watch and see what happens.
My rule of thumb is if you aren't sure what an animal is going to do, supervise the children and the animal in a very controlled environment. Hold the cockeral to introduce him to the children and let them pet him, but impress upon the kids that they aren't to chase or bother him or any of the hens without you near them.
Or you could lock him up for the duration of their visit if you are positive your other hens are harmless.
Our alpha cockerel (Delaware) at 5 months doesn't bother my husband, but gets a little aggressive with me at times, especially when I am wearing crocs. I don't flinch or back down, and he usually backs off. I would worry about kids around him since I suspect they would run. Our Jersey Giant, however is a perfect gentleman and would be great with kids. I think it depends on the breed and the individual bird.
I will never forget the meat rooster cockerels we had in the 1960s chashing my brother all over the place when he was about 8. It was traumatic for him. I think keeping an eye on him when he's around strangers and new situations (brown croc shoes for example) will tell you a lot. Good luck!
Depends, if they scare him he might, it doesn't hurt really just kind of makes you jump, you might end up with a really nice rooster or a really mean rooster... it depends. Good Luck!!
I have a huge BO Roo that decided tonight to spur and flog the wife on both legs! Can anyone guess who will be going to freezer camp in the near future??
I had 2 extra roos that were raping my duck! They went to freezer camp too!