Originally Posted by JulesChicks
You're welcome....unfortunately that quote is probably right ;) I hate the idea of culling/killing when I begin to breed, but I understand it's a necessity and we will fill our freezer too. I notice you have similar breeds to what I have :) My only cockerels have been Marans - one we culled around 20 weeks for aggression and one is still around but not for a lot longer. He attacks my husband, not me - but I still don't trust him. How do your CLs compare for temperament
That is a good question and hard for me to answer. I have three CLs that have become sexually active at the exact same time. Most of the time I have roosters a few weeks or a month apart. These three are very aggressive with the hens, never with me. They are jumping everything in sight. I have never had a Marans be aggressive towards me and my main guy right now is an Ameraucana that is just great with the flock. He and I are good. He doesn't challenge me. I rehomed a beautiful Splash Marans because he and the Am were fighting all day. But that Splash was a wonderful rooster and knew I was top dog. I read on BYC how to treat a rooster and I have tried to do those things. I don't know if that has anything to do with it but I have been very lucky.
LP Marans website has a very interesting technique that she uses if a rooster has turned bad, she says it works for her and you might find it interesting.
I like my Marans and Ameraucanas very much. The CLs are curious but not as talkative. It will soon be time for them to start laying, maybe a week or two. I see a change in the pullets. Yesterday one kept following me and talking. I got the feeling she is experiencing those maturity changes and was asking me about them. Silly I know but I do think they look to us for assurance. You know they can't talk to the men about those kind of things!
Edited by RedBanks - 2/17/16 at 12:30pm