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John Weiland
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Some Friday fun.  He's not Rex Harrison, but may be the next Dr. Doolittle.  In praise of defensive roosters:  
 
Seth Gregory
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Mark Tashjian wrote:    Thank you Marcus! I really enjoyed reading this.
Although I agree they will learn from the older roosters, they must also do all these things by instinct. I have 11 chickens. All are 12 weeks old. They have no older chickens around to learn from. My top, lead rooster comes out of the coop first, then signals to the others to come on out. At the end of the day, he will literally round them up if needed to get them all back inside. Then he will enter last, and I shut the door. And he definitely spends more time on the lookout.
Thanks again.


Part of their instinct is adapting/learning.  I have some chickens and I trained some of them to come when I call "Chickies!"  They learned to come to me when I call because I always have bugs or grubs that I have come across while doing permaculture stuff.  The naturally more social chickens were more easily trained than the others.  Also, I have found that having 3-4 bugs/grubs at a time is what keeps them coming when called.  When I went for a time calling them when I had just one bug/grub they weren't as eager to come running.  But then when I went back to always waiting until I had near a hand full before calling...wow, they came instantly running as fast as they could such a sense of urgency.
 
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A lot of great points are given here about the virtues of roosters. I'm currently transitioning over to ducks, though, as I don't want to have a rooster crowing where I'm at. I'm curious, do drakes have these same qualities and do they play a similar role in the flock?
 
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James Landreth wrote:A lot of great points are given here about the virtues of roosters. I'm currently transitioning over to ducks, though, as I don't want to have a rooster crowing where I'm at. I'm curious, do drakes have these same qualities and do they play a similar role in the flock?


I would suggest starting a new thread in the Ducks & Geese forum.
 
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