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Do you really need a rooster?

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Roosters are not worth the hassle. I don't see a real need for one. The are loud, they are overly protective (I don't blame them, it's instinct) and can attack you. They ruin your hens' back from all the mating. I keep my hens in a pen/run so they don't really protect them from predators. I see no need to keep a rooster around. I think I'm going to get rid of my rooster.

 

If you want to attack me that's fine. If you want to convince me why I should keep a rooster that's fine too. After 10 years of owning chickens I really don't see a need for a rooster. I don't raise chicks from eggs so roosters don't seem to have any value to me. That's all.


Edited by motorboat - 2/27/16 at 5:07pm
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Roosters are not worth the hassle. I don't see a real need for one. The are loud, they are overly protective (I don't blame them, it's instinct) and can attack you. They ruin your hens' back from all the mating. I keep my hens in a pen/run so they don't really protect them from predators. I see no need to keep a rooster around. I think I'm going to get rid of my rooster.

If you want to attack me that's fine. If you want to convince me why I should keep a rooster that's fine too. After 10 years of owning chickens I really don't see a need for a rooster. I don't raise chicks from eggs so roosters don't seem to have any value to me. That's all.

No rooster is necessary if eggs and only eggs are the objective. Not all roosters are as you describe. The one shown below has a half crow that can't be heard 20 feet away. He is gentle with his hens and seems to enjoy being held by the wife and me.

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Some like them some don't they're not for everybody but with the right housing setup can be visually stunning
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I like my roosters, mine are never aggressive and add a lot to the flock. I currently have 14. If you don't know how to handle roosters don't keep them.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #5 of 7

You are so right! Roosters are completely unnecessary except if you want to fertilize eggs to hatch chicks.

 

But they're ever so entertaining. I've enjoyed every single rooster I ended up with, even the naughty ones.

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Yes, definitely roosters are not needed if you are not planning to hatch your own chicks and if you do not free range your flock. On the other hand, they are absolutely beautiful animals and if you are lucky enough to get a good one they help with keeping peace in the flock.

loving my flock with their personalities, getting to know them and enjoy everyday I spend with them
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loving my flock with their personalities, getting to know them and enjoy everyday I spend with them
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No one here's going to attack you for getting rid of your rooster :hugs. If they do, send them to me and I'll  :smack!

 

I'm sorry you're so defensive about this. Sounds like someone's been giving you a hard time about your decision, and that's too bad. Most of the experienced folks here totally agree roosters aren't for everyone, and I believe lots of folks would have a better chicken experience if they got rid of their Oops rooster they're determined to hold onto for some weird reason. I hope you are able to remove the rooster soon and enjoy your flock :)

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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