Cutting back on Roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AlphaRooster, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. AlphaRooster

    AlphaRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    My small flock has 3 roosters in it. Thats 2 too many. All my birds are 19 weeks old and its time to go to 1 rooster. My question is how do I pick 1? Which rooster is best for the flock, for the hens? Should I keep my favorite since they were chicks? Or the biggest one, the rooster that has established himself as the Alpha? The third bird is the smallest & weakest. Would he be better for the hens? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is their attitude towards people? Which one treats the hens the best?
     
  3. AlphaRooster

    AlphaRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    They are all very protective of the hens. And they are all aggressive towards me. The smallest one is least aggressive.
     
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then that would be the deciding factor.
     
  5. AlphaRooster

    AlphaRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Alright Thanx. It will be difficult to part with my favorite.
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Frankly, if they were all aggressive toward me, I'd get rid of them all. The smallest, weakest one may get stronger over time. No need to keep a mean rooster. What are your flock goals? Are you planning on hatching from your flock? If not, there really is no reason for a rooster at all. They don't really "protect" your flock. They do tend to be more alert and warn of aerial predators, but a good alpha hen will do the same thing. If you really feel the need for a rooster, I'd suggest looking around to see if you can find one that's not going to attack you. They're out there.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    If they're aggressive to you at 19 weeks, get rid of all of them. Why would you keep any animal that's aggressive to you? Either that or try some serious re-training and see who comes around.
     
  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    If this is your first year with chickens, I too vote, get rid of them all. I think roosters take a little experience. IMHO you tend to get aggressive roosters when they are raised with flock mates. If you have young kids, don't have roosters.

    Roosters are a crap shoot, some are great, some are terrible, and some are dangerous.

    I vote, cull them all. Then you have room to get more hens!

    Mrs K
     
  9. AlphaRooster

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    I do want to keep a rooster. I want to keep 1 for the time being to see if he improves without the competition of the other 2 roosters. If not than I will get rid of him too.
     
  10. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Woburn allows roosters? Anyway, try out one if you want, but if he continues to be a butt head then it's the end of the line. Come summertime there will be a surplus of young cockerels available.
     

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