I’ve never kept a rooster. Too much noise. Also, my hens don’t free-range, and in the close confines of the pen, the girls wouldn’t be able to ask the roo for personal space (you know what I mean.) Also, I don’t want to deal with aggression. Today’s breeders almost never select for temperament. It’s all about production and feather color. However, in days past, it was essential that your rooster was nice; when you had to walk among your flock to step out of the house, malevolent roosters went right into the stew pot. The friendly ones were kept to protect the hens, fertilize the eggs and to become pets.
I have a number of photographs of roosters being snuggled by children, and as guests at parties. I’m fascinated by the photographs of roosters pulling carts. I’m not sure how this worked. I have snapshots of harnessed roosters, so I know that these weren’t simply staged photos (most of the pics of children in goat carts were taken by itinerant photographers traveling the neighborhood with their goats, but that’s another story.) How do you steer a rooster cart? How far can you go? I’ve yet to read a mention about rooster training in any of my vintage poultry books; this must have been common knowledge not worth writing down. Alas, the art of rooster carting has been lost! Does anyone with a pet rooster want to revive it?