Barred Rock choosing my keepers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AHappychick, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I ordered a bunch of barred rock chicks straight run. with the purpose of culling the roos at 14-15 weeks. I would however like to select one to keep but I am not sure what I should look for in my keeper. I am assuming plumage, coloring and attitude come into play but was wondering what exactly I should look for. In addition if I sell some of the hens what should I look for in my keepers since they wont be laying at that time.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    FrontPorchIndiana has a rooster named Bob. He is the son of my dear, departed Hawkeye and one of my hens. Hawkeye was only a hatchery BR, but he had a very good, broad chest, great eyes and a sweet temperament. Bob is what I consider one of his finest sons. The barring is crisp, not faded, and straight, not chevron patterned. He's in her avatar and also she posted some great pics a short time ago. There are show birds you can see, but rarely will any hatchery bird stand up to that. Bob isnt too shabby, IMO.

    Found it, this thread, post #2 https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=110951
     
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  3. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awwwww, just like a proper grandma showing off pics of her grandbabies! [​IMG]


    Keep in mind temperment. You do have to live with them after all.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I know, Christine, I'm shameless! Absolutely, temperament is paramount, IMO. Now, you wont really know a rooster's temperament till he begins to notice the girls. Hormonal changes will bring out the good or the bad. Most of Hawkeye's progeny is very sweet-tempered, but never forget that a cockerel can turn aggressive when he is maturing, no matter what his genetics.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Bob is absolutely handsome!!! [​IMG]
     
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  6. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    oh bob is very handsome I will use him as my comparison thanks!
     
  7. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Indiana
    Yeah, Bob's quite the ladies man. [​IMG]
     

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