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which roo is friendly and protective

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chicken chiller, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. chicken chiller

    chicken chiller Hatching

    May 15, 2009
    me and my dad r goin to get new chickens but we want a rooster that will be friendly and protective PLEASE HELP!!!!![​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2011

  2. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Songster

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Carolina
    I have a Rhode Island Red rooster who is very friendly & protective towards me and his hens, but I have heard that many RIR roosters are mean.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Every rooster is an individual so you cannot go by breed alone. You really have to raise him up to when he is mating age and the hormones are raging and see if he becomes human aggressive, then think about what you'll do with him if he does. You can't use blanket statements about any one breed. I have had great Barred Rock roosters, but some folks think they are aggressive. Depends on the rooster himself plus what he's inherited from the parent stock.
  4. Sorin

    Sorin Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    Glenfield, ny
    I would suggest a Favorelle, I have never had one but the two I have met were sweethearts. My experience with RIR roosters has not been good. Two of my neighbors have them and they are both not friendly. But I'm sure how they are raised has something to do with it. I only have one Roo and he is a Cochin/Polish mix and he is very gentle with the girls and he searches for food or them and looks out for them. He doesn't like to be picked up but he does not view people as the enemy which is good!
  5. AKsmama

    AKsmama Songster

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    Some roos are friendly, some are not. Some are protective, some are not. There is not any one (or two, or three, or even five) "best" breeds to answer your question. There are generalities- i.e., some people say cochins are generally friendly and protective, but has there ever been a mean cochin roo? Sure. There are people who love their Lakenvelders, but mine is Satan's feathered minion and I would never have another (he was our free "exotic" from a hatchery). My EE roos are pretty good- very watchful and I wouldn't free-range without them, but two out of my four have tested me. What kinds of pullets are you getting? If you are buying from a hatchery they almost always throw in a couple of "packing peanuts" that are cockerals.

    Sorry, but there's just no easy answer [​IMG]

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