Best breed of rooster for my flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Miss717, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Miss717

    Miss717 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Rushville, NE
    I want to get a rooster for my flock of 14 (some hens some supposed to be pullets). I have 5 BO (pullets), 5 RIR (pullets), 2 California Whites (hens), and 2 White Leghorns (hens). Any suggestions and/or opinions on what breed of rooster would be the best for this flock. I've had 1 person tell me to get a RIR, but I'm up for suggestions. [​IMG]
  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    I'm always for EE or Ameraucana. That way your offspring will lay colored eggs! [​IMG]
  3. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2011
    Northwest Florida
    I've had two great roosters, some ok, one evil. My EE was our favorite, a red cornish was wonderful. Black sex link evil. The offspring from our EE BO crosses came out half columian/delaware like and new hamphire like but were used for meat. Same with the cornish crosses. The BSL became a fox's dinner before we bred him. We've had some beautiful boys, some with great voices. Happy searching.
  4. Amyh

    Amyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2010
    North Carolina
    I had a Black Australorp rooster that was the sweetest rooster in the world. [​IMG] When I live in a neighborhood that allows roos, I will be searching for one like him.
  5. Azriel

    Azriel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2010
    My EE is great with his girls, very people friendly, and and is very handsome with all his diff. colors.
  6. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used to have a RIR rooster and he was MEAN! We gave him to a friend who ate him. We have an EE rooster now and I hope he ends up being nice. [​IMG]
  7. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    I've read a lot of people with RIR roos who end up being mean, but I've also seen some who had very nice ones. It seems EE roos usually get a good reputation, and Barred Rock roosters seem to be good too.

    I have two cockerels now, so no practical experience to go from. I'm hoping to keep both mine, but willing to cull down to one if either turns real nasty or they fight too much. I have a Barred Rock and a Black Copper Marans, both seem well tempered and a bit shy of me, which is just fine by me!

    Good luck whatever you decide!
  8. remuda1

    remuda1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2011
    Granbury, Texas
    For me, I would also take into consideration whether or not they would be free ranging at all. I can put up with a crank of a rooster if he'll be a good provider and protector and won't beat up the girls. I don't need him to be my best friend, I just need him to do his job..... ALL of his jobs [​IMG].
  9. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Doesn`t matter which "breed" you chose. Just get one YOU like. Best recommendation, get a mature cock. He will be kind to the ladies and will be IN CHARGE from the first introduction. An immature cockeral will be shunned by the older hens or pullets until he becomes a "man". Besides that, a mean rooster is easy to spot, if he`s mature..........Pop
  10. sunnysongbird

    sunnysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2011
    your post made my day. I hope your EE rooster is nice! They are a nice breed [​IMG]

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