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The Good Rooster

Submitted by on June 8, 2010 – 7:16 pm 18 Comments
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I never in my life imagined that I would call a rooster handsome, but I do. I love Dirty Wilson, we all love him. He’s a good rooster. We’ve had our taste of having a bad rooster around. I’m really glad that this fellow has outlasted them all! Before we ever owned chickens, I had no idea how useful a rooster would be. All I knew was that it would crow at the crack of dawn, and I really didn’t want to be bothered by that! We didn’t plan on having him… he just got mixed in with the girl chicks, and we didn’t know he was a “he” until his comb grew larger than the others did! But we are so glad we have him now!

For those of you who haven’t ever owned a rooster, let me fill you in on how useful they are to a flock…

A good rooster warns his girls of danger. If a hawk is around, he will lead them into the woods for shelter.

A good rooster shares food with his ladies. When he discovers an extra special treat, he’ll cluck in a particular way and the hens will all come running to see what he has found. Then he’ll step aside and let the ladies enjoy.

When a good rooster loses sight of one of his hens, he will call her frantically until he hears a response and is able to locate her position.

A good rooster stands guard, and keeps a watch out while the hens peck and scratch in their own carefree manner.

Whenever one of his hens is in trouble, a good rooster will sound his alarm and alert everyone of the danger she is in. (I can always tell when the dog is outside chasing one of the hens, Dirty Wilson has a fit!)

And a good rooster, totally does not attack you when you least expect it! Okay, maybe he’ll test you a time or two. Maybe he’ll run up behind you and bump into the back of your foot to see if he can scare you. But a good rooster will quickly straighten up after a stern lecture. And he’ll never really hurt you.

Yes, our Dirty Wilson is a good, good rooster. I hope he sticks around here for a very long time!

Wanna brag about that special rooster in your life? Tell us what he does that makes you glad you have him around!

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18 Comments »

  • Sophie says:

    Thanks for the post! By the way, we purchased a small bantam rooster, and we did it in a hurry. Now I realise he can’t care less for the girls except when it comes to love. All the hens are bigger than him. I really want to get a big rooster to protect the girls, but I’m afraid that the roosters will fight and harass the hens, plus my mum doesn’t want me to keep two roosters. Right now, I have 6 hens and a duck, plus the rooster. What should I do??? I’m really stuck here.

  • Lauren says:

    I have chickens and a rooster and he is a White Leghorn. It’s kinda weird because me and the author’s roosters have so much in common he is so handsome and he is so nice I love my rooster Ballena so much, some of you that are reading my comment are probably saying, “Ballena? I thought Ballena was a girl name.” Well the story of his name was that my cousin came to our house for a few weeks and we had just got four new chicks and we thought they were all girls. Anyway we saw the movie Return to Oz (Wizard of Oz 2) and Dorathy had all white chickens and one red chicken, and that one red chicken was named Ballena. Well in our case we had all colorful chickens and one white chicken so she named it Ballena. A few months went by and we saw some changes in Ballena like : Bigger comb than the other hens, She was getting taller and stronger looking than the other hens. Then one day she did a Cock-a-doodle-doo and then we new our little Ballena was a boy.

  • Brandy says:

    P.S. My Rhode Island Red rooster is very good. He shows no sign of aggression. And I have been watching him and he does just like you said..he watches his girls..he calls to them when I feed or if he finds a frog..he lets them eat first and when he sees the neighbors cat or anything eles around close by he lets his girls know. I am so happy to have him. I hope he stays this way, he is only about 6 months old. Do they turn aggressive as they get older?

    • Brandy,

      Thanks for sharing your rooster story 🙂 It’s no fun when you can’t even turn your back for fear of being attacked all the time! Yes, they do get more aggressive as they get older, but temperaments differ. Our good Rooster, Dirty Wilson, he sneaks up on us from time to time. He did knock my three yr. old son down once and attack him, putting a hole in his arm. We just have to watch him. He’s not so bad that we’ll put him in the pot, not yet anyways. He does us a lot of good protecting the flock. But every day I have to show him who’s boss. He’ll try to run up on me from behind, and I turn and kick him gently and shout “No!”, pointing my finger like an accusing school teacher 🙂 I don’t want to hurt him, it’s just enough to get him to leave me alone. But yes, as he’s gotten older he’s definitely gotten braver! I hope you enjoy all your chickens!

  • Brandy says:

    This is a story about the best chicken and bumplin’s I’ve ever had.
    My birthday was Nov.9, and about a month prior, I told my husband, Jeff, that I wanted to get a couple of roosters. He found me two, a Rhode Island Red and a Barred Plymouth Rock both about 6 months old. It was Sat Oct. 30, we brought the two of them home. I have six hens we bought the spring of 2009. We put them in two seperate coops with their own hens. Everything went well the first week. Sat Nov. 6, I went out that morn’ to let the Barred Rock and his hens out and do what chickens do, eat bugs, scratch here and there, etc. I went into the coop to see if there were any eggs and I heard Barney (the rooster) come in behind me making a funny noise and ruffling his feathers and when I turned around he jumped up at my hand that I had the eggs in. I shooed him away and that seemed to make him mad but he did stop. Later when it was time to put them back in the coop him and the hens run up to me to go inside. The two girls went inside and just as I started to turn around and look for him he jumped up high at my back and clawed the inside of my left ankle, ( his spurs have been trimmed, Thank the Lord!). He was screaming and making weird noises and ruffling his feathers and the more I tried to shoo him away the madder he got and he kept coming after me. I started screaming for Jeff, he was in the garage, “he is attacking me..he’s attacking me”!!! Jeff grabbed a broom and got Barney to leave me alone and got him back in the coop. These are my first roosters and that was the first time that ever happened to me in my life. Jeff said to me that “we can’t have an aggressive rooster”. “I agree”, I said. Jeff hunts a lot and sometimes he is gone for a few days at a time and didn’t want me to be way out here alone with this crazy rooster..lol. Jeff went into the garage and made a killing cone and the next day I made his belated Grandma White’s receipe for chicken and dumplin’s. It also happened to be potluck Sunday at church. All of those who got some said they were scrumptious!! Jeff and I are learning more and more about the message the LORD gave to us in his word..Proverbs 28:19. Jeff and I along with many of our church family are learning how to live off our land. Fri Nov. 12 the 25 barred rock chicks I ordered from Privett Hatchery arrived. We will use them for eggs to eat and hatch and for meat. We also want to get some rabbit’s, goat, sheep and cattle. Just a few heads of each, we have 2 acres. It is only the two of us. I am thankful for my sister in Christ that shared this website with me. GOD bless y’all!

  • I really enjoyed this post! And I love Dirty Wilson in name and personality:)

    We have a young Barred Rock Roo, who was mixed in with the girls. I’ve heard they get a little nasty. Is DW a leghorn?

    Looking forward to peeking around your blog more. I popped over from 5 acres and a dream.

  • Michaela says:

    What a handsome roo! I wish we could keep a rooster. We have a cockerel that’s just as beautiful as can be already, but as soon as he starts crowing, we’ll have to stew him 🙁

  • Leanne says:

    Dirty Wilson is possibly the best name ever. LOVE it.

  • Leigh says:

    “…a good rooster will quickly straighten up after a stern lecture.” I love it! Wonderful post. Like you, we didn’t truly understand roosters until we got our own chicks early this spring. Ours were straight run though, and I think we’ve finally found the best bird for the job.

  • Ashley C says:

    Ive had quite a few good roosters over the years (and just one really mean one luckily). One was a tiny BB Red who fancies himself the most macho. Im prett sure hes still around too (its my moms farm. Im all grown up and moved away). Hes very much like you described above. Another one, probably my favorite of all, was a Buff Japanese. He wasnt as good with the ladies but he was just the biggest sweetheart. I ended up using him as one of my 4H show birds. While on barn duty at the fair Id walk around talking to people with him sleeping in the crook of my arm like a baby. He was a fair favorite! Im always sad when we lose any animal but I reckon he is the only chicken Ive ever cried my eyes out over.

    One of the funniest things over the years though is that my mom keeps a handful or more roosters around bc she has several different pure breeds that she likes to hatch eggs from. They all get along famously, but they compete at crowing. Its hilarious and I miss it so much now that I live on a military base. Went from the comforting sounds of a farm to the roaring sound of jet engines! lol although Ill admit Im a bit fond of the jet sounds too now haha and my son loves “AIRPLANES!” 🙂

  • Nancy M. says:

    Glad he’s a good rooster! Most of the ones I have now are nice, but there are 2 I have to keep locked up. One for the other roosters sakes and one for my son’s sake. He attacks my youngest sometimes.

  • Cathy Ethier says:

    I have a rooster named Gertie.. He is a Dominic that we thought was a hen, hence the name Gertie. He was raised with my pot bellied pig, Sophie. He has been a wonderful, docile rooster. He has been attacked by dogs a couple of times and the last attack was a very close call. Gertie lived in the garage until he was healed and now he is running around again. He will play dead bird and lay in your hand motionless, legs in the air. So cute. He will chase off another rooster that is trying to get an attitude with me. He will follow me around and wait patiently for a handful of food as he won’t eat with the others. I wish all my roosters had his personality and temperament.

  • Marie says:

    I love it Kendra :o)
    Our rooster (Big Boy) not only guards the hens but he guards the yard too, if a car pulls up that he does not recognize he crows and crows until we come out.

  • Debbie Miller says:

    Really? I didnt know how much they watched over the flock maybe someday I will get a rooster.
    Thanks Great reading
    Debbie Miller Facebook Friend.

  • Stephanie Fults says:

    That is so sweet!! I keep my small flock in thier coop because of the dog dangers around here so I haven’t gotten to witness my rooster do all of those things but I have noticed how he seems to always be on guard. I just now have a hen getting broody, started sitting today so I’ve dated 5 eggs to leave under her and will see what happens. 🙂

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