My very first rooster turned out to be a flogging rooster. In case you're not familiar with the term, a flogging rooster is one who attacks humans.
I'd ordered 25 black Australorp pullet chicks from Murray McMurray hatchery a few years before we moved here to Oklahoma. Hatcheries don't guarantee 100% accuracy in sexing chicks, so one of our pullets (young females) turned out to be a cockerel, a young rooster. He was certainly pretty, and protective of his flock. Soon though, he began to attack my feet when I walked into the coop. To make a long story short, he went to the poultry processor down the road when we took our meat chicks.
|Trey, my third-generation buff orpington rooster.|
Because of that flogging rooster I haven't had any Australorp roosters again, although I did have one hen a few years later. Our buff orpingtons were very calm birds, and the buff roosters we've had have been friendly and non-aggressive with humans.
|Beethoven, a polish rooster.|
|Samson, the barred rock rooster|
|The Araucana roo's face is framed with fuzzy tufts of feathers.|
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