Choosing a roo from two

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by K813ZRA, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. K813ZRA

    K813ZRA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year I ordered my first flock of chickens and built my first coop and with the advice of everyone here things seem to have worked out well. My chickens seem happy, I am getting lots of eggs and enjoyment is being had all around. However, the time has come to thin the heard as I have two roo's and only want one. In fact, I had three but he was an evil bird that hated me from the time he was three days old and has since become soup but I digress. Just how do I go about deciding which one to keep, from a logical standpoint. Emotional is easy as I have a favorite. Is that enough of a reason to keep him?

    Some more in depth information. I have buff orpingtons, 2 roo's and 15 hens. They are a little over 9 months old and for the most part everyone gets along. No real fighting just a peck here or there if the smaller roo does something the larger one does not like. In fact, the larger roo seems to treat the smaller one as if he were a hen. Neither are overly aggressive with the hens and show no aggression toward me. (I know, there is time for this to change.) These are just hatchery birds and I only plan to keep the roo because I want to hatch a few eggs here and there for my mom and my aunts and maybe to start a small secondary flock. And of course because I like them, lol. As such, I am not really worried about the looks or anything like that. Moving on, aside from playing favorite which could backfire a few months down the road, just how do I decide?

    Extra information: When I say small roo, he is really about average size. I have not weighed him but if I had to wager a guess I would say he is 8-9 pounds. That seems reasonable for a hatchery bird from what I have read. I would say the larger roo is about 11-12 pounds and he is very tall. He is quite stunning too.

    Thank you for any help you may offer, it is really appreciated.
     
  2. TattooedChicks

    TattooedChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say go with your gut. You have a favorite for a reason! But... If there aren't any pecking order dynamic problems, maybe keep the "understudy" for a bit to see if you are getting the fertility rates you want or if the larger roo suddenly decides you are messing with his hens too much and follows in suit to the soup pot?
     
  3. K813ZRA

    K813ZRA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I hadn't thought of that. Both come running when I collect eggs if there is a hen in the coop. Kind of a "whatch' doing" sort of thing. Neither approach me but I guess there is time. When I visit my mom, her RIR rooster hates me! He used to be very friendly with me so it seems their temperament can change quickly.
     

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