Which are the nicest roos?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mortimer, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. Mortimer

    Mortimer In the Brooder

    May 6, 2008
    SW of Wichita, KS
    Hello all,

    We have one BR and one Delaware roo left. The Delawares it seem as they get older (about a year old now) have been getting meaner and meaner, I have disposed of two in the last month. My kids have to be able to play in the yard without fear of getting attacked by roos.

    We need a couple roos to keep us with fertile eggs so we can replenish our flock. About 30 hens right now with only 2 roos.

    What's the "friendliest" breed of rooster, if there is such a thing? Our BR roo is very docile, I wouldn't go so far as to say cuddly or friendly but certainly isn't aggressive, whereas the Delawares this summer have been outright mean.

    We raise chickens for both eggs and meat (hopefully, if I get the processing part down right)
  2. jemagsy

    jemagsy Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    I have heard cochins are very docile. We have a bantam brahma roo though that is extremely tolerant of humans (he's not a lap chicken or cuddly, but he has never attacked us either) yet very protective of the flock. We free-range some and he always warns the girls of hawks, barn-cats, you name it. So it's a nice line, he doesn't bother us, but he's not afraid to protect his flock from wild animals and warn off other roos.
  3. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    I had a speckled sussex that was friendly and liked to be picked up. If I could I would get another on in a heatbeat.
  4. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Songster

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    I have no personal experience, but I'm reading everywhere how nice Salmon Faverolles roosters are.
  5. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Buff Orps tend to be docile, too. In the end, though, they are individuals, and you just have to grow them out and see who gets allowed to stay.

    Henderson's has info about how friendly each breed tends to be; might be of some help:

  6. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    I would go with a Speckled Sussex for since you are harvesting them for meat you need the size but not the feather of chochins. They are very nice chickens also. But you might just have to work with the kids on them training the roos not to go after them. Get the kids on your level of dominance. Right now it sounds like they are not so the roo is going after them.
  7. BlackBart

    BlackBart Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    I had a Black Jersey Giant (Black Bart) that was a big sucky baby.
  8. Buff Orpington Roos are great you just need to spend some quality time with them and not to be loud when they are young. Mine doesnt like my daughter and wife.

    My wife did not spend time with him and my daugther was to loud around him. My son and I are the only ones he likes.
  9. milleryardchx

    milleryardchx Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Washington State
    We have an EE rooster and he is a sweet heart very gental with the ladies great protecter when the hens go in and lay,cuddle his girls on the roost with wings out over them. He loves being loved, when we go give treats he sticks his head to the side up aginst you to pet or hold him and he lets my 17 month old son pet and hug him. the guy who we got him from hand fed him since he was a day old but couldn't keep him in the city. i love our rooster.
  10. Mortimer

    Mortimer In the Brooder

    May 6, 2008
    SW of Wichita, KS
    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    Cybercat -- you mentioned "training" the kids around roosters, how do I do this? I established dominance myself with the roos early on, several times last summer they would puff up around me and I just kicked at and chased them to beat the band until they backed down, never had one come at me. They're respectful now but still get froggy around my little ones sometimes (daughter, 6 and son, 4)

    We have one Delaware roo left, and I heard my daughter screaming bloody murder last night while she was riding her bike in the back yard. I looked from the window and he wasn't attacking her, but was in "aggressive" posture and it scared the bejesus out of her. I whipped him with a long stick once or twice and ran him off.

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