Can these 3 breeds get along & free range without a rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickadee-23, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2013
    South Carolina
    I'm getting 2 buff pullets, 1 barred rock pullet, 1 white leghorn pullet, im wanting to free range them without a rooster I do have a fence around the coop they can free range in, will they be ok without a rooster or do I need to get one? We do have Hawks in the area sometimes not often they come & go, i have almost 7 acres of land most of it is woods. Thank you!
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Roosters do do a good job of defending a flock but, unfortunately, when it comes to fighting off predators, a rooster can only do so much. So, it is completely up to you. Hens can get along in a flock perfectly fine without a male present. But, then again, roosters also can greatly benefit your flock. [​IMG]
  3. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2014
    NW Florida
    I have one rooster and several birds (30 laying hens, 3 pullets and 3 chicks with a broody hen). I have been roosterless as well, and I've found that the more assertive hens (Like my RIR's - your leghorn will probably suffice) take over rooster duties and warn the rest of the flock if anything is amiss. In fact, many times it's one of the brown leghorn hens that sets up the cry when a hawk is in the area with mine, and they all come charging under the barn shelter where their coops are located. The rooster does a good job too, but he's not totally necessary.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    The rooster's main job is to sound the alert. Most won't actually fight off a predator or sacrifice themselves for the hens. When there's no rooster, usually the dominant hen keeps watch and alerts for potential threats.

    Have plenty of cover if aerial predators are an issue. Bushes, shrubs, even a pallet up on some cinder blocks gives the birds something to hide under. If they're out in the wide open, even sounding the alert won't help much if they don't have cover nearby.
  5. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2013
    South Carolina
    Ok thanks y'all I do plan to make hiding shelters for them. I also have coop with game bantams that I don't free range that have roosters in it & they always alert when predators are near by as well! I probably won't let them free range while I'm gone only when I'm home and I can keep a look out. Thanks again! :)

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by