Never Met A Rooster I Liked

The Bushwacker

Hatching
Jan 14, 2016
3
2
9
Monticello, KY
I was getting spurred by roosters at the age of 8 back in the 50's. I got so I hated roosters. This was on our hobby farm in Milaca, Minnesota. My Dad would take me outside and say, "Which one was it?" I would point him out, and to my great satisfaction, whoop, another rooster done gone. My mother could do Southern fried chicken like no one I've ever known. Thanks Mom.
Now I l am retired in Monticello, KY. A year and half back I forgot how much I hate roosters and ordered 25 chicks free run. For the longest time I thought this was going to be a piece of cupcake. But then they turned 1 year old. Pretty soon my wife was scared to go outside. I was kinda attached to the rotten little deamons, so I hated doing them in. A friend (who thought he knew chickens) came over to take some roosters off my hands. He thought they would make playmates for his 3 German Shepherds. I warned him that these roosters would terrorize those dogs and send them whimpering He laughed. I told him, my Redbone Coonhound is afraid of them. He made some crack about Coonhounds not being equal to Shepherds. I bit my lip and didn't say anything. I figured I'd let him learn for himself.
I have a mix of chickens. The Light Brahma roosters are gorgeous and peaceful. Them I will keep. The deamons are the Silver Laced Wyandotte roosters. Satan's spawn.
So Rob, my friend, comes over. The Wyandotte roosters spot Rob and decide he's fresh meat. For the time being they will leave me and Jethro (my brave Redbone) alone and give their full attention to Rob. Rob, being a man amongst men, wasn't skeered. He tried chasing the Wyandottes away. Now animals seem to understand a challenge quite well. They didn't even wait to take turns. They attacked Rob enmasse. After me and Jethro saved Rob, he's going, "To heck with that! Those chickens are nuts!".
Rob left without any roosters. He didn't say much after that except that he's pretty sure they were diseased or something.

PS: I no longer have Wyandotte roosters.
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Michael OShay

Crowing
5 Years
May 14, 2014
25,581
2,437
438
Montana
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm not generally fond of roosters myself and haven't had one in my flock for quite a while although the roosters of some breeds such as Australorps, Orpingtons, Faverolles, and Brahmas have a reputation as being gentle (as roosters go). The only reason you really need a rooster is if you want to fertilize eggs for hatching and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-15 hens in this regard. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
 

nchls school

Crowing
6 Years
Apr 22, 2015
6,891
3,630
386
Tennessee
Your story put a smile and a laugh in my day. Thank you.

Size does not seem to play a part in mean roosters either. Last week one of my tiny serama roosters attacked me. The silly thing only weighed a pound, but he sure did cause me a mischief. Even after I had hold of wings and legs he kept trying to attack-he is gone.
 

Pork Pie

Flockwit
Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Jan 30, 2015
56,783
226,835
1,687
Welcome to BYC - great story that sure rings true with me - my flock is now rooless and my girls (and most certainly me) are much happier.

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drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Aug 26, 2009
138,533
270,168
2,027
Out to pasture
Seems like a lot of folks are learning they do not need a rooster. Hens will keep on laying without them, and they can buy fertile eggs if they want to hatch some chicks. Then of course you have the problem with any males that hatch.
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yochickiemomma

Chirping
May 8, 2015
494
67
93
Michigan
Thank you for sharing your story with us. It put a smile on my face too. :) I'm glad I'm not the only one with childhood trauma associated with mean roosters. I have 9 hens and no roosters.
 

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