Originally Posted by klcabe
I've >>heard<< that RIR roosters are usually nasty. Is this true?
Some roosters of most breeds can be aggressive. I suggest observing the rooster you plan to buy, and I think you can quickly determine if the rooster is calm or aggressive.
I looked on Craigslist's Ashville, NC section, because I saw that was your area.
You can buy a 6-month-old Rhode Island Red rooster for $10. http://asheville.craigslist.org/grd/3045434740.html
Or you can buy a 3-month-old Partridge Plymouth Rock cockerel for $8, or two of them for $10. It states one has a crooked beak, so I would not use that one for breeding. http://asheville.craigslist.org/grd/3092301058.html
The person states they are willing to trade also. I am starting to suspect this may be your ad. But I hope not.
You mentioned that you already have 4 Partridge Rock pullets, and these roosters are the same age as your pullets, so this might be a good option for you. Partridge Rocks are good dual-purpose chickens, and the hens will lay an average of 4 eggs a week in the first year.
If you got the 6-month-old RIR, I would suggest keeping him separate from your pullets for a couple of months until the pullets are fully grown.
Edited by Bullitt - 6/22/12 at 11:34am