Do I need a rooster???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tripp16, May 27, 2011.

  1. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Hi I know I keep posting topics but I have alot of questions. I just got my chickens the other day!! [​IMG]

    My question is I have 7 hens and I dont know if they would do better with a rooster or just have hens? I would prefer to just have hens because of previous things that roosters have done! LOL
    Thanks everyone! [​IMG]
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I think you'll do fine without a rooster. You'll probably find your lead hen taking on many of the roles a rooster might typically play.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Either way works ok.

    I have a flock without and one with.

    It's nice to have fertile eggs but that's about the only advantage. Maybe he keeps them from fighting a little more.
  4. ParadiseFoundFarm

    ParadiseFoundFarm Goddess of Good Things

    Jul 6, 2010
    Joliet, IL
    teach1rusl is absolutely correct. You'll find your lead hen may be all you need. Take good care to tame her to your touch and you won't have any troubles again. Roosters are pretty but they may be overrated as a nescessity. and.....
    Don't stop asking questions! It's a great community and you can find more answers here to the same questions. Lots of experts willing to share their knowlege and plain old common sense [​IMG] to be learned. Some times you'll just kick yourself saying " Why didn't I figure that out?" Your questions in turn educate those to shy to ask. Just keep asking questions. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 27, 2011
  5. Mama_hen

    Mama_hen In the Brooder

    May 11, 2011
    [​IMG] Hi, I have 10 hens and 7 roosters. I have found that my hens prefer to be by themselves. The roosters are close and my hens tease them to no end, it drives the roosters crazy. So hens alone are just fine for me. They tend to follow me when I am in their run and thay let me touch once in a while. Hang in there, you'll be fine. Also giving them treats either by hand or placing it near you when you're in their run will help them get to know you.
  6. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Thanks everyone!! I love that I found this forum! haha, Thanks again for all your help and tips!! [​IMG]

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