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What kind of rooster may be good around children?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Farmama, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Farmama

    Farmama Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 4 children, ranging in age from 6 yrs to 5 months. Are there any breeds that are more likely to produce a gentler type of rooster? My little brother was injured as a child by a brown leghorn rooster, so I'm a little wary of roosters around children.

    Jessi
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Silkies, Cochins, brahmas
     
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Delawares and Orpingtons would be good.

    I have Delawares and my granddaughter played in the yard all afternoon with the chickens and there were no problems. I would be careful with high strung breeds like leghorns, RIR and Buckeyes.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    First of all, no rooster should be allowed around a child that is barely taller than the rooster--one jump up to spur and the child can be blinded. It's really not a breed thing. Kids have jerky, sudden movements that make roosters very nervous. I have super sweet roosters, a Delaware, Barred Rock and a huge Blue Orp teddy bear, but I would not allow any kids around them because all it takes is once to seriously injure a child. Bantams may be better in a way, as was mentioned with Silkies (I can't stand Silkies, but many love them).
     
  5. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Well I can't say I disagree with that. No child should be around any animal unsupervised. I should have mentioned that I was in the yard with my Granddaughter. I never trust a child around animals or vice versa. Things just happen. Such is life.

    Murphy's law - If anything can go wrong it will.

    Rancher
     
  6. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    my easter egger Fred is great with my daughter...I have nice silkies and I have had a silkie we nick named stew pot cause he was nasty..

    My pretty boy Fred.. (pssst ladies he is taken... Ginger is very faithful to him.. LOL )
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  7. operator16

    operator16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My three boys 12, 10, 8 volunteered last summer at a rescue where there was a bantam OEGB BBREd. He was so tame he hung out in the kitchen and greeted all visitors. We couldn't convince the owner to part with him so we picked up one of our own - another banty OEGB Blue Brassy Boy and he's just the same. I hold him everyday and give him special treats and he runs to be with me every time he sees me. He's very gentle with all the animals - even the children. I know there are no guarantees with any bird in fact, I have a hen that would like to gouge my eyes out and all I do is treat her with love - go figure!!! I recommend the bandy OEGB Roos. Good luck!
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Quote:Well I can't say I disagree with that. No child should be around any animal unsupervised. I should have mentioned that I was in the yard with my Granddaughter. I never trust a child around animals or vice versa. Things just happen. Such is life.

    Murphy's law - If anything can go wrong it will.

    Rancher

    You got that right, Tim! A friend of mine whose daughter was just 4 or 5 at the time had been around the flock from the time she could walk. When her Delaware rooster jumped the child and knocked her down, I mentioned to her about the eyes of a young child being at risk from the rooster. I love my Delaware, Isaac, as you know, and he's a doll, but even then, I would be leery of having any small child around him.
     
  9. SunnyBrookeFarm

    SunnyBrookeFarm Out Of The Brooder

    I have had good luck with Silkie, Ameraucana, Silver Laced Wyandotte and Black Australorp roosters.
    I recommend you hand-raise your baby cockerels and hold them A LOT! But even still, once hormones
    take over inside the rooster, he can still turn on people. ALWAYS BE CAREFUL, even with your gentlest
    known roosters. NEVER turn your back on a rooster!

    Rhode Island Reds and Leg Horns are two of the least trust-worthy. But there are always exceptions!
    I currently have a RI Red cockerel born last May and he is currently VERY sweet, even though he has discovered
    the birds and the bees.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Couldn't have said it better myself. [​IMG]

    I have two wonderful roosters. Yet, never do I allow the roos and the GS to mix. Just not worth the risk to a childs eyesight or face.
     

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