Strong, big, a leader, pretty. What rooster?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Roosterboy, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What rooster will work well as a bodyguard to a small flock. What looks cool and will protect a flock to the "end" :thun
    I don't mean a meat bird. In fact i would rather know a lean bird that will be strong without eating a lot
     
  2. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    I had a Blue Andalusian rooster who was very handsome and VERY protective.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Not sure who has an actual meat bird as flock rooster. I think a dual purpose rooster, like my Barred Rock, is able to have some power behind his punch, so to speak. I'm very pleased with my very protective Barred Rocks who lead my large laying flock. I have no doubt that they would die for the girls. And I dont see that they eat much, really.
     
  4. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had game roosters fight off hawks after hens... even after having his wing broken one kept fighting... between him and dog coming to investigate the hens were all saved and the rooster healed up well
     
  5. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    I'm biased, but my favorite breed of roo so far is Welsummer -- hands down. I think they are the handsomest, and the ones I have known have been good leaders. Check em out!
     
  6. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    We have a black Australope that is very protective. He will even go after you if you have something in your hands. The other day he knocked a bucket out of my hand He patrols the perimeter and watches his girls like a hawk.
     
  7. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    All of my rooster were great but if I had a broody hen I always moved her to the Salmon Faverolle pen because the rooster was such a tank. I had a lot of hawks in the area and they can't resist little chicks. I never lost a chick out of their breed pen. On several occasions I've caught him attacking a hawk. He was super docile with me and everyone else. You could pick him up, pick up the girls, get eggs...and he was fine. He was even good with the dogs, but if the so much as looked at a chick wrong he was on it. And they were good on feed.
     
  8. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    EE. I had one that fought a coyote to his death protecting his flock, then the next boy in line (another EE) took his place and didn't take any guff from anyone or anything that might harm his girls.
     
  9. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Quote:I second that. I could say some delightful and colourful things about Spaniards, but I'll refrain. [​IMG] Suffice it to say, he'll fulfill every aspect of his roosterly contract. He will be gorgeous, he will be amorous, he will be brash. He will not, however, be cuddly. Can you tell I love my roo?
     
  10. Shannonwbl

    Shannonwbl Chillin' With My Peeps

    I posted a similar question on "managing your flock" (see below). I have 4 hens (used to have 6) and I would like to give them a bit more direction and protection BUT... they are so pretty I would hate to see an over amorous roo pick them bald and I definitely don't want one that is overly aggressive. We love our girls and frequently have children over that enjoy feeding etc. We also have four dogs that have very peacefully co-existed with our flock and I would hate to see that change.

    My other post:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=105477
     

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