Raising gentle, nonaggressive roosters?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Aziara, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. Aziara

    Aziara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a secret to this? I ask, because every rooster I've ever known was human aggressive. From several different breeds too.

    Is it luck? Or are there certain things you can do to ensure they grow up respecting the humans?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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  3. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes.

    I usually pick mine up and handle them more then the girls.I pick his girls up too,all starting from chicks.I also shew them from things they do need to be in,or by,this keeps him in line,because i'm making him move.I walk straight at him,and he gets out my way.I never try and kick my roosters off hens and from crowing (Of course no 3 month old chick really is too interested to mate,and even if he tries,it'll be hard.)But,I am rough on respect for them,if I wanna pick my cockerel chick up,I do it.Last week he was perfectly find with being held,all of a sudden he is in a moody teen stage,so I still try picking him up (Unless he is struggling to get away.)He usually just sits in my hands once he gets caught.
     
  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But,not all roosters are like this,even by putting in sooo much hard work with them,hormones can come in place,and genetics.
     
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    I've had many cockrels, and some turn out wonderful, and some are jerks. Some breed types are more likely to produce nice guys, and some not. I don't cuddle my cockrels, but look for respect instead. Does it make a human aggressive twit a nice bird? I don't think so, but it may help one who has a few bad thoughts rethink his attitude. Bad boys go to the freezer, and nice guys get to be dads. Mary
     
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  6. Aziara

    Aziara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that is very helpful.
    I'm not sure a hand-off approach works--my family has never been pet-level with the chickens (food not friends), so they were always ignored, and they were always mean. If I ever get a roo, I'll try the cuddly, hands-on approach; simply because it's the complete opposite of what made mean roos previously.
     
  7. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I treat all mine the same and some grow up nice and some turn mean. The mean ones go in the pot and the nice ones get to reproduce. Over the years this has decreased the agressiveness of my roosters significantly.
     

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