I wonder what makes some roosters so aggressive to the girls. My Columbian Rock rooster, Roquefort, is such a gentleman. He has his way with any of his girls that he chooses, they don't mind one little bit. He is definitely gentle with them, assertive, yes, makes his wishes known, but never has he taken out any feathers on his girls. When Brian's cockerals mature, Roquefort is going to live with my Cousin, she has hens, but no rooster and said that she would gladly take him. I am changing the genetics in my chickenyards and Roquefort must go to another home.
I have 13 roosters that are almost 4 months old now. They are heading off for a visit to some people that love roosters, they are taking all thirteen. These dudes are getting of the mating age. I caught one yesterday trying to have his way with a Banty hen. I stopped that when I saw it. These 13 dudes are going into a separate pen until the Asian folk take them, which should be in a few days. I don't want the Bantys damaged. That big white rooster that went with the ducks the other day to the boneyard, was so mean that he was making wounds on the Banty's heads. He didn't stay long in the chickenyard, once I saw that damage. Also, these are big roosters, why the heck pick on such a tiny thing like a Banty, I don't figure that one. Guess the big girls just won't have any part of them. I always saw the big red hens always chase that white rooster when he thought he would have his way with them. They were pretty aggressive to him and sent him off with tail feathers flying.
I love having roosters around, I see how they take good care of all the birds, ducks, turkeys, they are the alerters and I have seen many times when the rooster calls, everyone heads for the safety. I rarely see the rooster eat, he is always keeping watch on things, too busy to graze, as do the other barnyard critters. I don't think I would ever be without one or two roosters here, ever. And....listening to their calls, especially the call that brings on the daylight, sounds, I live by sounds..... Beautiful day, great life and health. Cindi