anyone else just LOVE roosters?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kaitlyn_rae2003, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. kaitlyn_rae2003

    kaitlyn_rae2003 Songster

    Jun 8, 2010
    Laconia NH
    i LOVE my hens, so so much. but lately I have this rooster obsession! I want a barred rock roo, i want a SLW roo....I have a little bantam seabright who is so darn cute. I really want to scratch my itch and get the two roosters, but not at my hens expense....darn it! is there anyway i could make it work? with 11 hens and 2 young female chicks? i already know its too many roo's for that many girls, but im crossing my fingers, someone else out there does it, and it works....I just love a rooster. wish the roles could be reversed. they are so much more fun, and pretty, and interesting. any comments appreciated! thanks
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I also love my rooster and don't like the bad rap they often get. Roosters are easy to get along with if you take the time to learn alot about them. Roosters aren't mean. They aren't capable of that emotion. Roosters don't do anything without a good reason, even if it's a reason or instinct only they can understand.
    I wouldn't attempt 2 roosters with the number of hens you have. One would suffice. I raised two together, but they were raised with the hens and it only worked because one was very submissive to the other.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I kinda know what you mean, kaitlyn-rae. I really don't want to divest myself of my "extra" roos, the 2 Sebrights and the bantam Buff Brahma. Plus a mottled bantam cochin roo which is only 7 weeks old or so....

    There's a gorgeous Buff Orpington roo I see fairly regularly during my lunch hour. (I go down a street I know is frequented by free ranging chickens from at least two addresses.) Today I got 2 pictures of him with my cell phone.

    I love my Carl, but gosh, that BO rooster is just gorgeous. Makes me want one. But unless it's an accidental roo, as all of mine have been so far, I'm not going to insult my current roos by purposefully buying one.
  4. The Lisser

    The Lisser Songster

    I'm not sure if this is going to work, but so far I have 6 roos (raised together) that currently free-range on my farm while one roo (a silkie mix) lives with my hens in the coop/run. The plan is to build a much, much larger run, complete a rooster coop, and alternate letting the roos and the hens/silkie free range. I am hoping that if I confine the roos - who so far still get along pretty well at about 5-6 months old - in a large run on their alternate no-free range days, they will be able to continue living compatibly. They are all different breeds (mostly mixed breeds). If this works out, I will post my results to BYC. If you have the room to do two coops, maybe you could order your favorite breeds of roos to raise together? Just a thought.

    I understand your love of roos. We couldn't bear to eat them (even though we are not vegetarians) but they were tearing the poor hen's feathers apart. Even though they can see the hens they do not fight excessively - just the normal pecking order stuff, it seems. Of course they are still pretty young. We'll see how it works out.

  5. Doodle_Doo

    Doodle_Doo Songster

    Oct 10, 2009
    Missouri City, TX
    I currently have 5 roo's of different breeds with three hens per roo but the guys are separated in their own keep and only join the girls in breeding season..only my eldest roo a silver phoenix stays with the girls daily but the guys can live happy all together as long as their are no girls in site or atleast within reach [​IMG]
  6. cindy99

    cindy99 Songster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Tioga County PA
    I love my Henry. Wouldn't trade him for anything! He is sweet and loves to sit on my back at night before he gets tucked in. [​IMG] He makes me smile. That is him in the pic on the left - with his cute little face covered in organic greek honey yogurt (his favorite).

    Here he is in the car - checking the floor for any crumbs the kids may have dropped. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2010
  7. I would love my roosters better it they were at someone's house besides mine. [​IMG]
  8. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    I do! And it breaks my heart that we can't have them where I live.

    We had an illegal roo for a year, not meaning to, but we got so attached to the chick we raised that turned out to be a cockerel that we were willing to become outlaws. A neighbor complained this spring, and we had to rehome him. Very sad.

    Of the chicks we hatched out this spring, seven were cockerels that we rehomed; a couple of them were really neat birds I wish we could have kept.

    There is just something about a flock with a rooster in it that seems so right, and one that's missing a rooster seems not quite complete.
  9. white01

    white01 Brady Brook Poultry

    May 11, 2010
    West Enfield,Maine
    I love my Roo, His name is Roo the Rockstar ,granted i have only had him a week but i have fallen in love with him, he is about 3 and a half months old, he is about a month older then my girls(oh they are all barred rock), We call them his groupies [​IMG]
    here are some pics of him, and my Rooster decorated Kitchen
    See I told you I LOVE ROOSTERS hehe

    Here is Roo the Rockstar






    Now my Kitchen







  10. peepswiththepoof

    peepswiththepoof Songster

    May 19, 2010
    Rougemont, NC
    I, too, love my boys! My two roosters are just SO sweet...they come running when they see me, and they follow me everywhere I go. I love it!

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