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I agree with the poster that said, getting a roo is a crap shoot, and can go bad at any time.   A couple of points though:   *roos' do not become their best until about a year old, give or take a few months. They get better or worse with age. At this age you will see the calling over for treats, the beautiful wing dance, good predator awareness, better mating skills, but not really before this age.   *Once a roo is human aggressive to ANYONE - he needs to be...
I think you will need a run, you don't have to use it all the time if you don't want to, but if you want to be gone for a couple of days, it does allow the birds some outside time. I don't think birds should be locked inside a coop any time.   Predators will come to an easy meal, depending where you are, some predators are more concentrated, and in competition for food. Chickens are easy food, and once the predators find you, it is difficult to impossible to...
well my plan is..... if I order 25 straight run, should be kind of sort of close to 12 pullets/12 roos. Right now, I have a set up for a dozen. A dozen works well, any more than that I can just tell the flock is stressed and crabby.   Right now, I am full up with a dozen, but 8 are two years old, so those will be culled, the others are pullets, and each a different breed. During the summer, I free range a LOT, so can cheat on the numbers till fall, and then my plan...
expectation of a flock defender is unrealistic until the roo is nearly a year old..... give or take a few months. If you can get through the teenage months, without him getting aggressive toward people, things will improve. However, my last roo, was always a bit rough with the girls, but he was a great defender, and I who free range a lot, did not lose a hen for over a year..... till something got him, on the second attack.
Not to worry, very common in new layers, both event. I have a buff that layed the double yolkers for a pretty long time, but eventually went to single yolkers, my boys love double yolkers.   And what could you do about it? Nothing, enjoy what you got, and don't worry about what you can't change.   MrsK
Sending off an order for next spring for my first non hatchery birds. I am ordering Delewares, and can hardly wait!   Have any of you ordered from there?
I have played in the chicken world for several years, mostly with dual purpose breeds, but just hatchery birds. This year my Christmas money is going to Delawares - a very good dual purpose breed, for eggs and meat production.   If you want a good large white egg layer, a leghorn is a great bird, but there is nothing to them, maybe a stewing hen, for mostly broth at the end, but not much else. I think the cockerals will be very little meat, but more tender, so if you...
If this is your first time space is your biggest limiter. If you have enough space, then that increases your chance of predators. In my experience, the coop and run don't have to be fancy, but they do have to be totally enclosed in both chicken wire and in heavy duty wire. One to keep chicks in, and one to keep everything else out. EVERYTHING likes to eat chickens.   If you have kids, I would suggest several different breeds, it makes it easier to tell them apart,...
Don't make a pet of them, make them get out of your way. Don't pick them up and pet them. Don't feed them by hand. They should not be scared of you, but warry. I am on my third, and have not had a problem roo.   Be  aware, they really don't become good roos to their hens, until they are nearly a year old. But then if you have a good one it is a pleasure.   Mrsk
I strongly recommend you get rid of the rooster. From what you have described, follows a typical pattern often described here. When roosters are hand raised, they lose all fear of humans, and he is trying to establish dominance over your son, as he is the smallest. Many have had limited success with the rooster training, but there are a lot of failures. In my opinion, an adult cam take the risk, but a child should not be put in that position. Even a little roo can cause...
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