Great advice! Thank you! We do want to breed on a small scale, mostly for our own needs. But we will sell barnyard mixes locally, as well as hatching eggs. That is just hoping we get some good mommas. I do not plan to incubate just yet. Protection is more of our concern. We really want to be able to free range. I also know that I will have issues with a roo that mistreats his girls (aside from onset of puberty).
I am leery of Mr Blue. He doesn't seem like he will ever be nice. I was just worried since he acts "more like a rooster" that I should keep him. Red was never a keeper really, because he is so small. He is half the size of Bob and Blue.
I think I will stick to the original plan. Bob is like my baby. He has been handled more than any chick we have. Granger is just too pretty not to try to get chicks from lol. If nothing stands out to change it up, we will probably process Red and Blue about 5 months, instead of 4. If things get stressful for our girls while they are all together, we will put those 2 boys in a tractor on the other side of the barn. We have already been making plans to build a small one for reasons like this.Thanks again!
I'd stick with nicer roosters; they can be just as protective without all the hassle and risk. A black rooster will have all black offspring (unless you have blue, splash, lavender, barred and/or possibly a couple other oddball genes in your ladies). Breedbook.org has a super cool genetics calculator you can toy with.
I second the observation that lower rung roosters are almost universally rapists-in-waiting. Wun Wun (the giant Dark Brahma roo here) was rather that way when he was toward the bottom of a nine-roo ladder, but now that he's alpha, he's far more chivalrous with his ladies. Still waiting for the Sumatra/EE to age out of his rapey phase. Provided a rooster is far enough down the pecking order, you may not ever see him crow or attempt mating. we have a lame roo who never crows and only once attempted mating (a turkey poult, of all things). A formerly chivalrous, silent, ninja Breda rooster here abruptly decided to get into the rapey scene when I took away many of the younger, fitter guys between him and Wun Wun, so flock dynamics (particularly when it comes to roosters) is definitely a fluid measure. Pretty much all roosters have a multifaceted personalities including varying degrees of rapaciousness, chivalry, sacrifice, paternity, Napoleon complexes, goofball, and death-before-dishonor.