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A Tough Decision

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickenfiend, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Chickenfiend

    Chickenfiend In the Brooder

    Aug 16, 2008
    Bellville OH
    I have a tough decision. I can only get 4-5 chickens. My first thought was to get a rooster and and 3-4 Australorp hens. Then I thought about over breeding and how roosters can be aggressive sometimes. So I have 2 choices.

    a) I get 4-5 australorp hens
    b) I get 3-4 australorp hens and a bantam rooster so the girls can show him who is boss if he gets a little frisky

    What is your opinion I need to know because my orde must be placed soon.

  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Bantam roosters can be aggressive too.
  3. cherrychicken

    cherrychicken Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    i'd go a!
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I vote "A".

    Roos need 10 hens.
  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing Premium Member

    Quote:Uh... yeah. Meet my bantam Cochin roo, Kip, who is meaner than the devil. My standard mutt roo is as sweet as can be. You never can tell with those roos. They require a lot of work when they are young, and some of them still don't turn out. Standard girls won't keep a bantam roo in line, just ask Kip.
    If you want to make sure you won't have an agressive bird, don't get a roo... or be prepared to make a chicken dinner if he is.
  6. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    I would pass on the roo.
  7. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    If you get a roo, try for a gentle one. I have a phoenix that had only one or two hens for years, and he never overbred them. Now that I have more chickens, he keeps the peace and the younger roos seem to be learning his manners.
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Is there a particular reason you'd like to have a roo?
  9. josh_bigler

    josh_bigler Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    windsor, missouri
    Quote:roos do not "need" 10 hens, dont know where you heard that at, but anyhow, bantam rooster can be a lot more agressive than a standard, and would also more than likely beat the hell out of a standard rooster because they are so small and fast! but i have found out that bantam roosters for me were a lot more friendlier to humans than to other rooster lol,
  10. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    maybe the bantams suffer from 'small man disease'.

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