Common Rooster Behavior

Rooster Behavior Can Be Extremely Territorial and Aggressive. 

They’ll protect their territory fiercely, so it’s rarely a good idea to have more than one rooster per flock.

That territorial attitude can be a great thing though, as a really good rooster will protect his flock and keep them safe from predators.

In some cases, a rooster will even sacrifice himself to protect his girls!

Roosters and Hens

This may seem obvious, but don’t buy a rooster unless you plan to raise chicks.

Once you add a rooster to the mix, he will mate with your hens and you will end up hatching a new flock of baby birds.

If you’re ready for that eventuality, a rooster can be a fine addition to the family.

Unless he’s very young, a rooster will quickly establish himself at the top of the pecking order.

The hens in your flock will follow his lead and accept his position.

Rooster With Hens

It’s a good idea to check on your rooster regularly though, just to see how he’s adjusting to the flock. Chickens, like humans, have distinct personalities. 

Roosters can be strangely complex, and sometimes they just won’t fit in. Some roosters just have a mean streak. If your new rooster is mistreating your hens, the best place for him just might be the soup pot.


Roosters and Pets

Because a rooster's behavior is protective by nature, a dog or cat may be perceived as a threat. Some roosters are docile, and if a rooster is raised around dogs or cats, he may not be aggressive toward them. In fact they may even become friendly and seek each other out.

On the other hand, if you bring in an adult rooster or present a new dog or other pet to your resident rooster, sparks might fly.


Roosters and Kids

Here again, how your rooster interacts with your kids really depends on your rooster’s personality. Some are very gentle and will be as gentle as any other house pet. Others may see a child as a threat to their territory or flock and will attack, especially an aggressive rooster.

Unfortunately, a rooster attack on a child (or an adult) can be pretty serious. An attacking rooster will peck and scratch wildly, and with spurs that can grow to over 3" long they can cause very real and severe injury.

If your children are young, it may be a good idea to wait until they’re older before adding a rooster to your flock.

Strikingly Handsome Rooster

Roosters and You

Remember that rooster behavior is dictated by a pecking order.

A new rooster may see you as a threat, a predator, or even a subdued rooster.

If this is the case, you may find that he’s rather aggressive.

The best way to keep your rooster in line is to establish yourself as the alpha of the flock.

Make sure he knows that you’re the boss, and you should have no further behavioral problems. 

One final thought... Roosters crow. They crow a lot and they crow at all hours of the day. This can become very annoying for you and your neighbors.

For this reason it is illegal to own roosters in most cities so make sure you check your local ordinances before getting a rooster!

Roosters can be a handful, but they can also strikingly handsome and a great way to protect the integrity and sustainability of your flock.

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