Roosters can be aggressive and loud.
Many chicken keepers even avoid roosters in their flock due to their “complicated” attitude. They are aggressive and often bully other chickens in the congregation.
Most chicken keepers keep one rooster per 7+ hens, none at all or, in some cases, separated from the hens.
Chicken keepers that allow their eggs to hatch can sometimes get a few unwanted roosters and are forced to send them to a new home or put them down due to the unstable character the rooster can have.
However, there are steps that a chicken keeper can follow to raise a friendly rooster that can protect your flock.
A Rooster Should Be Friendly To You And Your Flock
To raise a rooster that will be friendly to you and the rest of the flock, you have to follow some rules concerning the process of submitting a cockerel into a rooster.
Although small cockerels are undeniably cute and cuddly, if you spoil them too much, they will not be able to provide adequate protection to your flock.
Also, you mustn’t show fear to your rooster and show him that you are the authoritative figure.
– Start when the rooster is young. Spend as much time as you can hold the cockerel and not hit him.
When the rooster is still young, you also want to start slowly introducing him to the flock, which will help make the rooster friendly towards them.
Again, NEVER-EVER Hit Your Rooster
Smacking, punching, or kicking your rooster to show him who’s boss is not a good idea, and it never will be.
If you want to show authority to your rooster, grab him and hold him up for about 10/15 minutes until he stops rebelling and stays calm.
Spraying the rooster with water also doesn’t work, and it can hurt your rooster – badly.
What Kind Of Behavior Should You Encourage In Your Roosters
Roosters develop habits that can question your authority.
They also want attention, so the best way to avoid some of these habits is to pay no attention to your rooster when he is doing some of those activities.
Do not let your rooster mate in front of you; this is typical behavior for roosters that want to challenge their chicken keepers, and if you pay attention to him while he is doing it, that will only motivate him to do it more.
During winter, if you see a rooster holding younger chicks under his wings to keep them warm, you will know that you have done an excellent job raising a friendly and useful rooster.
The same goes with the hot summer days – if your rooster is leading younger chicks into the shade, it means that you have done an excellent job.
What Kind Of Housing Can You Provide To Your Rooster Is Very Important
If you are keeping roosters and hens together, remember that it goes one rooster per 7+ hens.
If your roosters have grown up together and are familiar with each other, they will have no problem living together.
Some chicken keepers like to have a separate chicken coop for their roosters – this is a good idea but not completely necessary. Before deciding on this, make sure that you can afford the expenses of maintaining another coop.
Best Friendly Rooster Breeds?
Well, now that you know how to raise a friendly rooster, it’s not a bad idea to know which roosters are aggressive and which ones are friendly.
Firstly, the Buff Orpington Rooster is known for its calmness and quietness.
Some people say that the Buff Orpington Rooster is friendlier than the Silkies Rooster, but we are leaving this comparison to test out.
Secondly, you can go with Faverolles Roosters. You’ll see them dashing around your backyard and bumping each other. They tend to be happy and hyperactive types of roosters.
Thirdly and our last suggestion will be Silkie Rooster. Although they tend to be cute and fluffy, there are many cases that this type of roosters shows a weird temperament.
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