A cockerel for my hens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by torilovessmiles, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2014
    Central West Virginia
    I am just getting my flock started, and I'm really interested in breeding my chickens. I have 6 Golden Comet hens, but I'm not sure what kind of cockerel I want. While I collect the eggs, I also use their feathers to make handcrafted jewelry.
    I don't mind having mutt chickens. I need them to lay well, but also have desirable colors and patterns on their feathers. My current hens have pretty feathers, but I would like some variety.
    Do you have any breed suggestions for a cockerel?
    If you happen to have any other suggestions they are also greatly appreciated :)
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    My Coop
    I'd keep my eye on the free rooster postings from your area and just pick out a pretty one. Seems like roos are always posted here and on Craigslist.
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    You definitely should get a cockerel breed that has a reputation for being calm and gentle as you don't want to breed aggression into your flock. Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, Cochins, Brahmas, Sussex, and Faverolles all have a well earned reputation for being calm and gentle birds. Of course, keep in mind that there can always be exceptions in any breed. If breeding a high rate of laying into your flock is a priority, the best laying breed on this list is the Black Australorp.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Personally, I like barred birds so would go with a barred Rock or black sex link rooster.

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