Choosing a new rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Leisure105, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. Leisure105

    Leisure105 In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2015
    I recently culled my rooster due to bad behavior. I'm left with 11 hens. 3 older birds and 9 year-old birds. I'm wondering if I should introduce an older or younger(year old) roo or maybe go with a baby raised at home(we have a hen that goes broody and hatches out a batch every year).
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Free Ranging

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    BROODY WONT HATCH ANYTHING UNLESS SHE GOES OUT ON A DATE WITH A NEIGHBORS ROOSTER OR SUCH.. I suggest getting a young rooster, This way he will grow into your flock. JMO..
  3. appps

    appps Crowing

    Aug 29, 2012
    If you go with an older one at least you can pick one with a proven temperament.

    A young one its a bit of a lucky dip.

    Hatching your own is a lucky dip too but at least you have a few to choose from and can try and pick the nicest.

    Having had a mean one I think I'd want to be sure I was getting a nice one if I ever went that way again.
  4. Leisure105

    Leisure105 In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2015
    I'm aware that I need fertile eggs to hatch babies(I have access to fertile eggs) and in previous years I gave her day old foster babies to raise( which btw worked like a charm) so that end is covered. My concern is a young roo may have trouble gaining control of dominant hens. My previous roo took to viciously beating my favorite hen on account of that. It got so bad(even after it appeared she was submitting) that he was drawing blood and it looked like he was trying to kick her out of the flock. He also did this to a sickly hen and since he seemed to have this bully, "I rule or your dead and no one gets to be sick around here" complex I culled him....this isn't Harlem, it's peaceful sunny horburg! So now my girls need a new man. Hence the question...old or young? and how can you tell if they will be a good flock master(or can you?) . I've had several Roos over the years but this was the first bully(incidentally he was an Americana hatched on the farm and took over as head cheese when the other old boy passed).
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    It's crap shoot ......unless you get him from someone who has the knowledge and integrity to assess him accurately.
    My first cockbird I got as an adult.......I was leery, but he was great.
    When I replaced him, I gave him to another keeper where he did well.

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