Keeping a rooster or not - pro's and cons

By Mr MKK FARMS · May 21, 2013 · Updated May 21, 2013 · ·
    Roosters can be odd. Some are very docile and can be as loving as a hen, others can attack you. This is all normal rooster behaviour. To keep a rooster or not to keep a rooster, that is the question. Well, what breed do you want? Where do you live? What do you want a rooster for? How will you house him? These are all questions you must ask yourself. If you want to keep a Barred Plymouth Rock rooster I would advise you to look into it some more. I once had a Barred Rock rooster and he was so aggressive he would try to kill you! Barred Rocks are known for their aggression (Not hens just roosters), so watch out! The simple truth is, that all breeds can be aggressive. Aggressive roosters, in my opinion belong in the stew pot. The next question is, Where do you live? If you live in a big city laws might not let you have a rooster, because of their noise. So check the rules, and be sure you are legal. What do you want a rooster for? Do you want a rooster for Breeding, keeping your hens in line, or just for your wake up call? Hens don't need to be "kept in line" by a rooster, that is what you are for. An alarm clock will do fine as a wake up call. But if you are breeding, a rooster is a
    good idea!
    Above: Crowing is a call to say "I won the fight" or "This is my flock".

    How are you going to house your rooster? This is a question that has to be answered. Roosters can be with the entire flock but mating, abuse, and aggression in many cases will come about. To much mating will cause bare spots on the backs of hens and the hens can also become scared of the rooster. If the rooster is with hens he can start to become greedy and become "Boss" over the flock which will come out as aggression towards you! Aggressive roosters can hurt adults, injure children, and give them a HUGE scare. Believe me, children will cry and cry after they have just been attacked by a big mean rooster. Putting a rooster in a breeding cage is great idea, and when you want to breed you just let some hens in when you want to breed it is a very controlled environment you're rooster will be easy to catch and won't be able to hurt the hens, you, or your children. Breeding cages are very easy to build, and big box will suffice. Also, you should keep in mind that two roosters will fight so keeping two roosters is ill advised.

    Keeping a rooster Pros vs. Cons:


    Breeding is always an option
    Wake up call in the morning
    Keeps the hens "in line"
    Can be a nice addition to the flock
    Annoys your neighbours (Just kidding)

    City laws may not let you keep one
    Aggressive roosters stink
    Hens can get beat up
    Roosters can be quite hard to handle with their wild nature
    If you already have a rooster they will fight
    Very loud with all that crowing

    The bottom line is, if your going to breed you need a rooster, if you aren't going to breed, think long and hard about keeping a rooster, it could be a mistake. So whatever you do don't jump into things you don't know about!

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    The rooster(s) will just sleep with the hens on the perches and there is no harm done at night. In the day they bully and mate. When the sun rises that's when you start to get your problems. I think that penning them in at night would be purposeless. If you had them penned in their own space in the day (with their own outdoor place and shelter) then you would avoid all contact with hens until you wanted to breed. That might work. :)
  2. ChickieMomma2Be
    what if you kept them in general population during the day and penned them in their own "area" in the coop at night? Is there a way to have that effectively work?
  3. chickery-do
    I thought you said "we" kept our girls in line, so why did you add it to your pros list? :)
  4. TheCrazyClucker
    I'm glad you have a Buff orpington cause Barred rocks are really mean! :(
  6. Chicks Galore3
    I was thinking about a Barred Rock rooster...Glad I choose a Buff Orpington instead!
    Yeah, sometimes they are like that. :(
  8. 6 littleHens
    My barred rock hens were bullies to each other! They were mean to chicks too!
    No problem. Barred rock roosters won't start to get aggressive until around 18 weeks of age. BTW if you need them sexed I'd be happy to help. Just PM me if you want help! :)
  10. tweetr1979
    After reading that I really hope the 6 barred rock girls I ordered for pick up mid next month ARE girls - the neighbours rooster has already taken a chunk out of my 4yr olds leg, can't deal with that again! Thanks for the info Mitch!
  11. Mr MKK FARMS
    Yes, the breed is known for their aggression! :|
  12. katherinerose14
    I had 2 barred rock roosters and one time.!! soo aggresive.!! they were suppose to be hens

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