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The Trouble with Roosters: How To Plan for Backyard Chickens

Surprise! It's a Rooster!

Surprise! It's a Rooster!

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Are you prepared for surprise roosters? What decisions will you make if one of your chicks turns out to be a rooster?

No matter where you get your chicks, whether from a hatchery, feedstore, or home raised, half of all chickens are roosters. And this leads to some ethical and practical issues that you'll need to plan for.

So you're going to raise your own backyard chickens! You may have several reasons: to produce your own healthy food, or to raise your food humanely, or because chickens make entertaining and beautiful pets. Or because you want to be more self-sufficient, and able to grow some of your own food in an urban homestead.

You've pored over lovely books and articles, all telling you how easy, how simple it is to raise poultry in your backyard hobby farm and gather all the delicious eggs. And if you get one rooster, you can hatch your own chicks, too!

But are you ready for roosters? Read on!

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So What's Wrong with Roosters?

The rooster question is something that new backyard chicken owners are often unprepared for. They are usually accustomed to mammals, which are easy to differentiate by sex when young, and whose males are easy to castrate. Neutered male dogs, cats, horses, and goats make fine pets or work animals, and the neutering isn't too difficult or expensive.

But chickens are birds, and birds are different.

If you order chicks by mail from a hatchery, you'll get new-hatched babies. You can specify the sex and order all hens. But sexing tiny chicks is a difficult art, and no one can guarantee that some boys won't slip in. Also if you get a free bonus chick, that will always be a cockerel (baby rooster). Why? Because the hatchery has way too many male chicks. Few people order them, and most of the cockerels are disposed of as soon as they are sexed.

So you get four or five chicks in your backyard suburban chicken coop, your kids give them names and lavish them with love, all is great. Until maybe one or more of them starts to crow...Then you have some decisions to make. Your potential problems are:

  1. It may not be legal to keep roosters in your area, due to the noise.
  2. Roosters are often quite aggressive to each other, and sometimes to humans.
  3. Birds can't be easily neutered - it's major surgery.
  4. Roosters and hens together may make more chickens than you can keep.

Then What Are Roosters Good For?

If you want to breed your own backyard chickens, a rooster is essential for every dozen or so hens. (They'll lay perfectly good eggs without him, just not fertile ones.)

Roosters help with the huge problem that everything wants to eat chickens. They watch out for trouble and sound an alarm to send the hens scurrying for cover. They'll attack predators, and sometimes drive them away, or at least buy time for the hens to escape. And as a bonus, they hunt for bugs and other goodies and call the hens over to eat first.

And roosters are beautiful! They look great strutting around the backyard, and sound great crowing (at least I think so - your neighbors may not!) If you want to get into showing chickens, you'll want some roosters.

There's also the growing fashion of keeping chickens as pets. If you train your rooster to be gentle, he can make a nice companion.

At the other end of the spectrum, roosters make good eating. Lots of people buy or raise mixed-sex flocks, keeping the hens for eggs and butchering the roosters for meat.

Coq au Vin Recipe

Coq au Vin ("Rooster in wine") is a modern version of an old recipe for cooking roosters. As mature roosters tend to be tougher and gamier than hens, they need to be stewed for a long time in flavorful broth. It's also a good way to cook an old laying hen.


Cook Time

Prep Time: 1/2 hour

Total Time: 7 1/2 hours

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 rooster plucked cleaned and jointed
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 T. flour
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 3 T. butter or olive oil divided
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 3 c. red wine
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 8 oz mushrooms chopped

Instructions

  1. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Lightly coat all over with flour.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until golden and just crisp, 3 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels and set aside. Discard drippings and wipe out skillet. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned all over, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a large plate as done and set aside.Â
  4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon butter or oil in same skillet. Add carrots, onions, celery, and garlic and cook until vegetables just begin to soften.
  5. Transfer vegetables and broth to crock pot. Arrange chicken on top. Sprinkle bacon over chicken. Add wine, parsley, and thyme.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Add mushrooms in last half hour. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve over brown rice or egg noodles, with potatoes on the side.

How Can You Tell He's a Rooster?

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Looking Like a Rooster

Cockerels and pullets (young roosters and hens) can be difficult to tell apart for several months. Cockerels will begin to develop a more upright posture, but they don't stay upright long enough for you to separate them, so you have to look at their physical details.

The young cockerels will start growing their rooster feathers at about 3-4 months. Their necks will become longer, with a ruff of long, thin feathers (the hackle feathers). Across the back, at the base of the tail, are the long, thin saddle feathers. The tailfeathers will grow out longer and more curved than a hen's sheaf of short, straight tailfeathers. In many breeds, the rooster's tailfeathers are pointed at the end, while a hen's are rounded.

The roosters' combs (on top of their heads) and wattles (those red things dangling under their beaks) will be larger and longer than a hen's of the same breed. The size and shape of combs and wattles vary a lot by breed, so you need to compare the birds in your flock to see the difference.

Acting Like a Rooster

After the rooster feathers make their appearance, a day will come when you hear a dreadful choking sound from the coop. When you rush out to perform a chicken Heimlich maneuver, you'll discover a cockerel trying to learn to crow. It will take him a few weeks to get the hang of it.

He'll begin to act like a rooster as he matures further. One distinctive sign is the "rooster dance", a cute little sideways shuffle with a dropped wing, that he dances around the hens and rival roosters to make them submit. If he does it to you, walk at him until he backs up. You don't want him deciding that you're a rival, because he's also growing big claws and spurs right now.

And finally, he'll start leaping on the pullets. The younger ones will scream and run away, but mature hens will often squat down. The rooster jumps with his full weight and claws onto the hen's back, which is why it's important to make sure that you have enough hens for each rooster. Overmated hens may have bare, even clawed backs, and may spend too much time hiding to even eat. These are signs that you definitely have a rooster problem.

Making Your Rooster Plan

Consider all the alternatives above, in light of your own means, morals, and level of squeamishness. Are you looking for a pet? Can you bear to kill (and eat) something you've raised? Can you bear to sell it to someone who's going to eat it?

One rooster per dozen or so hens is a good ratio for a flock guardian. If your hens are in an uncovered pen or free-ranging, he can be a life-saver. Your eggs will be fertile and the hens (if they're a breed that still broods) will exert all their wiles to raise some chicks. This is great if you want a sustainable flock!

If you want to try slaughter, Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens is an excellent resource. But if you plan to do that, tell the kids from the beginning and don't let them name the potential dinners!

If you want to sell or give away your excess roosters, advertise on Craigslist and local classified papers. Some people specify their roosters must be kept as pets, while most others don't ask questions. Decide ahead of time which camp you're going to be in.

Some people keep all their roosters in a bachelor pen for life, to keep them from overmating the hens. This is fine if you can afford it, but realize that you may have to separate them if they start fighting, and feeding all those separate birds is a lot of extra work.

Others keep them as pets, even as house pets. There are more avian vets these days, and lots of products you can buy for pet chickens. Just be aware that this option can be as expensive as you want it to be. Decide ahead of time how much you want to spend.

Training a Farm Rooster

Roosters come in a wide range of personalities. Some breeds are more likely to be aggressive than others, but since chickens have not been bred as pets, roosters of any breed may be aggressive towards humans. They instinctively attack perceived rivals and threats, and they sometimes aren't bright enough to know that the person who feeds them isn't either one.

If you just want him to keep his distance, you have to establish yourself as the Head Rooster, the one lesser roosters move aside for.

Training should begin as soon as you can tell you've got a young rooster. It's simple: never move aside for him, never back up. Don't fight, don't chase, don't kick him aside. There is never any reason to hurt your rooster! But stride confidently towards him until he backs up. Do this regularly, every day while he's growing up.

As he begins to mature, he may challenge you. This starts as a cute little dance, circling you with a funny shuffle and maybe a dropped wing. Don't laugh - if you stand still or back up, he'll be Head Rooster. Walk briskly towards him until he cuts it out and backs up.

I taught my own roosters to stay three feet away from me, so I never have to worry about bending over. I carried a stick or plastic bag with me and waggled it in their faces until they backed out of range. Done consistently, they learned to stay back from me, without being frightened.

If you have children, teach them to do this also, while the roosters are little. But don't let the kids chase them, as frightening them may cause an attack. The kids need to be calm and decisive. And don't leave small children unsupervised with the rooster - an excited rooster can leap two or three feet in the air, and leads with his sharp claws.

Training a Pet Rooster

If you want to keep the rooster as a pet, start picking him up and cuddling him while he's little. Carry him around under your arm. If he's hard to catch, get him after he's gone to roost and gotten sleepy. Feed him treats while you're holding him so that he comes to look forward to being held. Drop treats near your feet when you're sitting outside, to lure him closer.

This will give you a good outdoor pet or flock guardian. But many people now want more - they want an indoor chicken. Which presents an interesting problem, as chickens poop copiously wherever they happen to be standing. Folks use to cope with lots of towels on the furniture and Febreze. But now there is an alternative! Now there are chicken diapers!

Yes, chicken diapers. You can buy chicken diapers. In various colors and patterns. And then you can diaper your chicken.

And did you know that you can train him to do tricks? Yes, chickens can learn very elaborate tricks and routines, which is a big help if you want to keep them indoors.

Clicker Training a Chicken

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© 2012 Valerie Proctor Davis

Comments: What do you think about roosters?

Annabelle Holscher on April 18, 2018:

I have a trick I use to convince a rooster I'm his boss. I pick him up, gently turn him upside down under my arm & carry him around for a while. He quickly will calm down & wait for his release. After that , I rarely have to repeat this maneuver. I love my rooster !

Art Keeble on January 24, 2018:

I am looking for a service in Tampa that will castrate roosters. some neighborhoods are overrun with wild chickens and we are trying to stem the population. Any suggstions other than buying more hawks?

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 29, 2015:

i didn't know that rooster can be eaten!I thought only hens are meant to be KFC chicken!

Tricia Deed from Orlando, Florida on June 02, 2014:

Great information about roosters and you did it in a fun way. I enjoyed your lens very much.

emailcash on October 13, 2013:

Interesting lens! I was raised on a farm so I know what a rooster is and does but you did a great job of explaining roosters to those who don't know.

mel-kav on August 11, 2013:

Poor little roosters, they are pretty - but annoying so early in the morning. My friend has backyard chickens - and they did wind up with a rooster once. They found a good home for it.

Birthday Wishes from Here on July 31, 2013:

Nothing special... :-) Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful lens!

lawyer-marketing on July 12, 2013:

Great and nice lens !

InfoCoop on January 26, 2013:

Great article! Having my chickens for farm fresh eggs is on my list of things to do when I retire and have some time to devote to it. Good to know about the roosters!

Irrevocable on November 11, 2012:

@darciefrench lm: haha, I have to agree with this comment - certainly after reading this lens! I have learnt a few things from this lens about them that I didn't know so thank you :)

Two Crafty Paws on November 07, 2012:

We never had any, we only had chickens. Neighbors had (and still have) quite a few roosters some of them (usually the small breeds) were extremely vicious - I was quite scared of them when I was a kid.

AJ from Australia on November 05, 2012:

We had chickens a few years ago - luckily they were all chickens! This was a fun visit. Blessings.

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on November 04, 2012:

Mom taught me never to run from a rooster...to stand my ground and make loud noise. The rooster usually gets the drift that he needs to go the other way.

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on October 31, 2012:

I guess my first mistake was backing up from our roosters. The next one was letting them chase me back to the house. Needless to say, our roosters do not live long at our house. We love chicken casserole.

rooshoo on October 31, 2012:

This is a fascinating lens. I just watched this whole program the other night about the recent explosion in backyard chickens, this one couple had a whole business selling chickens online. They didn't talk to much about roosters though. Great lens.

darciefrench lm on October 29, 2012:

I admire roosters from afar - they look great on this lens :)

Kay on October 29, 2012:

Coq au Vin is one of my favorite things to make! You did a wonderful job on this page. Blessed!

AtHomeSource LM on October 29, 2012:

I've never owned a rooster, we've had hens before though!

getmoreinfo on October 28, 2012:

This is a very nice lens I love all the information about roosters, great job with using the countdown module too. Love it.

Tea Pixie on October 23, 2012:

I give chickens as Christmas gifts, through Oxfam! Now is the time to think about Christmas gifts, and Oxfam does a great job. Me and my friends don't have back yards, so we can't have chickens but giving chickens through Oxfam means that people in developing countries can start breading chickens - a business and a source of "Coq au Vin!" :)

Great job on this, Mulewagon! I loved the adventure. ;)

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on October 23, 2012:

Honestly, I hadn't ever given them much thought before reading this lens, but your engaging and knowledgeable writing style definitely kept my attention. Congratulations on your well-deserved LoTD and purple star. Blessed!

anonymous on October 21, 2012:

Growing up on a farm with my grandparents, we had a few hundred hens and only 2 roosters - I never paid attention to the fact that my grandfather was selecting the young roosters for eating. They were not a problem for anyone except my younger brother - they attacked him whenever he went in the chicken yard - not sure why - maybe his size. Great information - Blessed.

EMangl on October 19, 2012:

roosters are great - being one in chinese horoscope, what else could i say?

:-)

spids1 on October 19, 2012:

Congratulations on LOTD. Nice lens and great reading suggestions.

BackyardChickenK on October 17, 2012:

Very nice lens! And congrats on LOTD! Yeah unfortunately, many cities that allow chickens don't allow roosters. But if you're in an area where they are allowed, it's nice to have one in the flock :)

SandraWilson LM on October 17, 2012:

We've had some gentle roosters and then some not so gentle. One rooster terrorized my oldest daughter. The best one we ever had was a Buff Orpington. I love Buffs and if I ever have anymore, that's what I want.

sjewula on October 17, 2012:

Congrats on the LOTD! Great lens. Keep up the good work.

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on October 16, 2012:

I like them, but not as much as ducks. I love the ducks we have in China that live in houses. Some of the really intelligent breeds can even be house trained.

faye durham on October 16, 2012:

I have mixed feelings about roosters. They can be aggressive but they do a great job protecting the chickens. Thanks for sharing how to train them for best results.

craftycollector on October 16, 2012:

The females don't behave properly without a good cockerel, and of course the eggs aren't fertilised. We always have roosters.

soaringsis on October 16, 2012:

Congratulations on your LotD. Roosters are kind of strong headed and bossy. I did not know you could train them.

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on October 16, 2012:

My SIL has chickens who stop by from the neighbors and it is funny!

Pinkmaddy LM on October 16, 2012:

Who knew! I have often had the dream of having some chickens and would have never known this about roosters!

mrducksmrnot on October 15, 2012:

Well done LOTD. Now about those diapers - I'm an ole hillbilly mountain man and I just will not spend money on diapers when I could use it for feed in the winter and for all those baby chicks soon to be hatched. Never heard tell of them until now. As for pets, the bantam golden seabrights make wonderful pets, even the rooster if you handle them daily so they get used to you. For everyone reading this lens, raising chickens is an enjoyable thing to do and creates chores for the little ones if they are old enough to do so. Love you lens. Well done.

miaponzo on October 15, 2012:

Wow!!!!! I didn't know any of this stuff!!! Thanks! because I have actually been thinking for some time now to get some chickens.. but I'm a little scared, because here in Kuwait they attract mice! Blessed!

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on October 15, 2012:

Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!!

SteveKaye on October 15, 2012:

They're a great bird with a huge job. Imagine the job description for a rooster.

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on October 15, 2012:

I've been considering getting chickens, but will probably try to avoid getting a rooster. Great information and tips. Congratulations on LOTD

DebMartin on October 15, 2012:

I love chickens. I love the way they follow me around the yard, especially while I'm raking leaves. I've had very gentle roosters.

tamjo5 on October 15, 2012:

Great information! Diapers for chickens to funny. I now want to see if our township will allow for chickens. Great Lens.

kayla_harris on October 15, 2012:

My family raise chickens all the time!

Sharon Berry from Michigan on October 15, 2012:

I think they are gorgeous!

Margot_C on October 15, 2012:

I remember hearing them crow when I was a kid. Brings back fond memories, but I like my sleep too much these days.

dawnsnewbeginning on October 15, 2012:

Chickens are good to rid your garden of unwanted bugs once the plants have grown taller than they are. Not before or they'll eat the plant!

Mark Shirbroun on October 15, 2012:

Diapers for birds... wow. I had no idea such things even existed!

Mary Stephenson from California on October 15, 2012:

My dad raised chickens when I was a kid. They were raised as food. He came to the time when it was no longer something that made sense. He had one mean old rooster and decided it was time for him to see his maker. My mother stewed a lot of the chickens and even this guy got to the pot. Nothing went to waste in our house, but I guess this rooster was one tough bird and even in the stew pot was too tough to eat! I had already left home and assumed by my dad's conversation that they must have actually thrown out the meat, so it must have been pretty awful.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 15, 2012:

love your rooster lens. Now I want only hens. Congrats!

hartworks lm on October 15, 2012:

We do enjoy our rooster, though I wish I'd had your training tips earlier. Still, I naturally did something close to what you recommend and now I will do it even more deliberately.

Our rooster is a delight to watch and we love how protective he is of the flock.

OCDiscusFish on October 15, 2012:

I think they are noisy but congratulations on your lens of the day!

anonymous on October 15, 2012:

I grew up on a farm and the chickens were my responsibility. If you are raising laying chickens for the eggs, you do not want a rooster. No rooster, no chicks in the eggs. No candling of the eggs is required. Roosters can be aggressive and noisy. They make a better pie than a pet, from my experience. Great lens!

Bill from Gold Coast, Australia on October 15, 2012:

I always thought that in future if I ever had chickens that I would not want a rooster at all, but having seen friends of mine lose many of their chickens over the years to snakes, goannas and foxes, I think I would keep one or two for the security factor. Congrats on LOTD. This is a really well done page. :-)

anonymous on October 15, 2012:

Very educational Had no idea they could become pets. Congratulations on getting LotD!

writerkath on October 15, 2012:

I never knew this about roosters! Congratulations on your wonderful LOTD! Just awesome!

SkiLoverAlpine on October 15, 2012:

I can't believe there's actually a recipe for roosters!

anonymous on October 15, 2012:

Well that training method sure makes sense because its all about pecking order for roosters and they need to know your the top rooster in this yard. You provide information about chicks that most of us would never know and I guess it stands to reason that half would be roosters in miniature. Your recipe solves the problem with deliciousness! You may have folks thinking of getting watch roosters if they don't care to have a dog.

Marianne Gardner from Pacific NW, USA on October 15, 2012:

We don't have chickens, but it's an important read for anyone who might start raising chickens. It was interesting, I enjoyed learning how you train a rooster from young. Nice lens. Congratulations on LOTD.

pawpaw911 on October 15, 2012:

Great information. We have been thinking about getting some chickens. Will keep this in mind. Congratulations on LOTD.

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on October 15, 2012:

I love the colors roosters come in. I have a figurine rooster collection for the kitchen, but rooster diapers is a whole new thing to me. I suppose the diapers have liners that go straight to the compost bin or pile. Chicken droppings would be an added plus in the compost. This is fun reading.

nicey on October 15, 2012:

Interesting lens and congrats. We stopped breeding hens in our backyard.After raising them they get picked up by strangers who eat them for their dinner.

skefflingecho from Tobermory Ontario on October 15, 2012:

Excellent lens, a worthy topic for new chicken owners to consider. Blessed.

We have about 70 Chantecler, Ameraucana, Marans, Basque, Sumatra, Penedesencas and D'Uccle chickens overwinter and about 30 roosters go in the freezer each year that we have bred, and we sell the others for breeding or pets.

I have older rooster pets that love to cuddle and lay their head on your shoulder, and I would never eat, but we always put any nasty ones in the freezer and never breed them. This seem to be less often now as we have selected for good temperament.

Having sweet natured handsome roosters is one of the things I enjoy about having chickens (we are keeping 20 roosters and 50 hens this year), but you always have to consider the ratio of rooster to hens and keep them segregated if you have too many roosters to protect the hens to too much attention. They do well in bachelor coops with no access to hens and don't fight when raised together. Then you can put one or to in with the hens when you are ready to collect fertile eggs or have them free ranging as a guardian.

Chicken have the most amazing behaviour, social system and communications when you watch them. Managing them socially and comfortably can be quite challenging, and may mean building extra housing!

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on October 15, 2012:

Congrats on LotD! Great article about roosters - our neighbor recently acquired one so we're quite familiar with the crowing. And I agree they are beautiful! Angel blessed

Erin Hardison from Memphis, TN on October 15, 2012:

Fantastic lens! I really appreciate your going into all the ins and outs of keeping roosters. Lots of stuff I hadn't thought of. We'd consider raising chickens if we had the right setting, and this is great info. Congrats on LOTD!

LizRobertson on October 15, 2012:

Chicken Diapers? What a hoot!

Cam Marotta on October 15, 2012:

Congrats on LOTD! I'd love to do have my own roosters someday.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 15, 2012:

Back to say congratulations on your very cool Lens of the Day!

Country Sunshine from Texas on October 15, 2012:

I love my roosters: Rojo, Pete and Pat! They take care of the girls so well. I can't imagine eating one.

You are right; most places don't tell you about the problems with multiple roosters in a flock. It can be a bloody mess if you aren't prepared. Great article for anyone wanting to raise chickens.

mercin12 on October 15, 2012:

You can buy straight runs, which includes roosters, but you can also just buy pullets, the females. They cost more but you avoid the rooster issue. Here is a quick link to a hatchery that sells pullets: http://www.mthealthy.com/product/GC-P

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on October 15, 2012:

Wonderful and informative lens. My husband and I are discussing raising chickens. Congrats on LotD! Angel Blessings.

Alessandro Zamboni from Italy on October 15, 2012:

Roosters are lovely creatures, and they add more to any garden.

If someone has the space to keep, they are a good alternative to get fresh eggs each and every day in exchange of their care.

Rosaquid on October 15, 2012:

I don't like the noise. But they are beautiful creatures. I would love to have roosters if I lived on a very large farm. Congratulations on your Lens of the Day award. I enjoyed your information, especially the part about training roosters. Interesting!

Im Horse Crazy on October 15, 2012:

Love this lens! I have a heart for all animals! I absolutely love the pictures in you lens! You definitely earned lens of the day!

Fox Music on October 15, 2012:

Congratulations for Lens of the Day on this remarkable lens "The Trouble with Roosters: How To Plan Your Backyard Chicken Flock"

Delia on October 15, 2012:

Congratulations on LOTD! Nice lens! I never knew there were chicken diapers.

Most every Rooster I have ever met hasn't been nice to me. I do like waking up from the sound of a crowing rooster, we have strict laws here in town on having farm animals in a private homes.

Nnadi bonaventure Chima from Johanesburg on October 15, 2012:

Great lens ,congrats on LOTD

ikepius on October 15, 2012:

Very nice. Our neighbors used to have a rooster called Signal. He used to make a noise whenever there was danger. I did not know keeping chickens was becoming a fashion.

Robin S from USA on October 15, 2012:

Congratulations this lens was selected as today's Lens of the Day. You can read all about it here: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/lens-of-the-day-the-tro...

JoshK47 on October 15, 2012:

Good read - very interesting, indeed! Blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on your LotD! :)

sunlightseer on October 15, 2012:

If I had a place to keep them, I would have chickens and hope to when we move. You've told me things I didn't know like the fact that one is likely to have too many roosters. Good info ahead of time to decide what to do. And how to train a rooster so he knows you're the head rooster. All good information. Nice, fun to read lens. Congrats on LOTD.

Nicole Pellegrini from New Jersey on October 15, 2012:

I enjoy roosters! My mom has one who is basically a pet (though outdoors, thank goodness). Every time I come to visit he comes running up the driveway to say hello, likes to be held and have his head stroked. Of course, I've encountered some nasty ones as well that didn't deserve a fate beyond the stew pot!

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on October 15, 2012:

Every year someone lets a couple of roosters loose in our small seashore community-they run around crowing at dawn until the animal warden can capture them(which takes weeks-they are fast!)I think they are cute -- nice lens ~~Blessed~~

irminia on October 15, 2012:

Roosters are such perfect gentlemen :) It's so interesting to watch them how they first let the hens eat. Roster hurries in the middle, pecks a piece of food, but only to show it or throw it to the hens. Congratulations on the nice lens!

sidcandid1 on October 15, 2012:

Many Congratulations on being chosen for Lens of the Day

poldepc lm on October 15, 2012:

congrats on the LOTD

pestmanagementsydney on October 15, 2012:

Interesting ...

Rose Jones on October 15, 2012:

So nice to see this interesting lens on the front page in the upper left hand corner! Congrats on the LOTD.

Ahdilarum on October 15, 2012:

nice to hear that this lens selected as LOTD

Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on October 15, 2012:

We've had a few roosters over the years in our small backyard flock of chickens. Their plumage is beautiful, but their crowing wears out their welcome. One rooster in particular crowed at anytime during the night, and after being woken up at routinely 3:00 AM, he now lives at a large farm.

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on October 15, 2012:

Interesting info - congrats on LOTD !

justramblin on October 15, 2012:

I love roosters. We cheer for the U of SC Gamecocks. I really enjoyed your story and look forward to reading more about your flock and seeing more photos of them. I bet you have lots of good tales to tell. Nice job, and congrats on your lens of the day award! Well done.

FlynntheCat1 on October 15, 2012:

I want chickens... my flatmates don't, though! (And jeez yes on the rooster attacks. I was jumped on by a large rooster when I was five; it knocked me right over and scratched at me until my dad took a stick to it).

IncomeFromHomeT on October 15, 2012:

Chicken diapers . . . dang, that's funny!

I love the sound of roosters, but then I'm usually up before they are. I can understand that those who like to sleep in might get annoyed. However, I get annoyed at city people who move to the country and then get the country villages to pass laws against keeping chickens because they don't like the sound of roosters!

Valerie Proctor Davis (author) from Birmingham, Alabama on October 15, 2012:

@SusanRDavis: I guess you haven't seen the bride and groom costumes for chickens? LOL!

HonoluluMom on October 15, 2012:

Well...if you live in certain parts on this island you'll hear them all the time. It can get pretty annoying. I feel bad after reading this, though. Kinda makes you want to adopt a rooster.

VeseliDan on October 15, 2012:

I don't know if I would like to have a rooster as a pet. I thin I prefer dogs and cats. *blessed*

sailor_man on October 15, 2012:

I prefer beef

Susan R. Davis from Vancouver on October 15, 2012:

Chicken diapers? What will they think of next?

anonymous on October 15, 2012:

congratulations for LOTD thanks for sharing

waihou on October 14, 2012:

Congratulations!

olmpal on October 14, 2012:

Congratulations on LOTD! My parents used to grow chickens when I was a kid. They only kept one rooster and used the young ones for food.

WriterJanis2 on October 14, 2012:

Never knew there were chicken diapers. Great lens.

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