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 flock. 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 in 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 in order to raise a friendly rooster that can protect your flock.
A Rooster Should Be Friendly To You And Your Flock
– In order to raise a rooster that will be friendly to you and the rest of the flock you have you need follow some rules concerning the process of raising 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 good protection to your flock. Also it is important that you do not 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 holding the cockerel and do NOT hit him. When the rooster is still young you also want to start slowly introducing him to the flock and that will help the process of making the rooster friendly with towards them.
Again, NEVER-EVER Hit Your Rooster
Smacking, punching or kicking your rooster in order 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 just grab him and hold him up for about 10/15 minutes until he stops rebelling and stays calm ( if you tried this method and it hasn’t worked Check Out This Article ). 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 you need to pay no attention at all 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. As a part of the challenging behavior of the rooster there is also the direct approach when the rooster attacks his keeper when the keeper enters the run.
During winter if you see a rooster holding younger chicks under his wings in order to keep them warm you will know that you have done a good 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 a good 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 coop for their roosters – this is a good idea but not completely necessary and before deciding on this make sure that you can afford the expenses of maintaining another coop.
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