Nice Roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by iluvpeeps, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Songster

    Apr 13, 2012
    I've had roosters before, but they've all been really mean. I am thinking about getting a rooster in a while but It has to be a nice one or else I have to give him away. I see articles on here and people say that their roosters never peck at people and aren't aggressive except to predators. I won't be getting one for a while if I ever do get one but I just want to know what to look for if the time comes. So, does anybody know of a breed that produces nice roosters? Thanks!

  2. silkies are supposed to be good roosters
  3. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Songster

    Apr 13, 2012
    I've heard that silkies are good roosters too but can they good protectors?
  4. that I'm not sure about. other good options are buff orpingtons, austrolorps, barred rocks, and black copper marans
  5. Druantai

    Druantai In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2012
    Tampa, FL
    Uhm, I've had some good experiences with ameuricana roosters, but my hens of the same breed were not nice. I thusly switched over to austrolops and barred rocks, and I really prefer them. Curious without the skittish behavior.

    The rooster was intelligent, skittish, and cowardly. He was nice though and he treated the ladies well.
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Good roosters are often the result of breeding from good roosters. Much of what makes up their temperament is genetic, in my view. One issue with huge flock breeding, the way most hatcheries breed, is that no one is taking temperament into account and ill tempered roosters are allowed to mate unknown number of hens and thus? It gets passed on.

    Second, there is an element in which this is also conditioning. From day one, we never, ever treat the young cockerels as pets. There's an old adage, make your hens your pets and leave your cockerels alone. Some truth in that perhaps. I want to largely ignore the young cockerels. I walk by them in an nonthreatening way. I'm just the guy who brings the feed and little else. I have a very large Red rooster and he is very, very good with his harem. He is a one calm, untroubled rooster. Just the kind I like.

    If you are nervous, I'd highly suggest getting your rooster from someone known to you. Someone you can interview about his bloodline and ask questions about his sire.
  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Don't make a pet of them, make them get out of your way. Don't pick them up and pet them. Don't feed them by hand. They should not be scared of you, but warry. I am on my third, and have not had a problem roo.

    Be aware, they really don't become good roos to their hens, until they are nearly a year old. But then if you have a good one it is a pleasure.


  8. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Songster

    Apr 13, 2012
  9. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I agree!! I never handle my roo.
  10. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    west virginia
    I agree totally with Fred's hens. The human aggressive factor gets passed on. However I've tried both methods of never handling them and also hand feeding and handling frequently, and the main result has been none of them are human aggressive. The ones I've handled are easier to work with. I have American games and you can really only have one cock in the flock...but who with a small backyard flock needs more than one anyway? Besides being beautiful to look at, they make very good mates and constantly guard for predators. Best bet is to get a mature rooster from someone who has extra. You can even pick your color, such a wide range of beautiful birds.

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