Do I NEED a rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicky85254, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 bantam pullets (at least I think they are all pullets). I'm new to chickens and I've been reading lots of info here at BYC. It seems that roosters do a lot to protect their flock of hens....do I need one?

    I will be keeping the hens at our ranchette, which is approximately 1 acre in size, with 6' block walls around the whole area. My two horses will also be there, but not sure if they will be of any protection to chickens? I am aware that there are racoons in the vicinity, probably hawks and owls too. We're setting up the extremely secure coop with auto door closer/opener for them so they will be safe at night. But do I need to worry about them during the day? Would a rooster really make much difference?
     
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
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    nope. rooster not needed, unless you want more chickens without ordering them!
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, you dont need one unless you want fertile eggs to sell or hatch yourself. I like having one alot. They protect the ladies and are willing to sacrifice themselves for the flock.
     
  4. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will the hens "protect" themselves or watch for danger, or ???

    I don't eat eggs, but my b/f does....so I don't care if they are fertile either way....although I wouldn't mind if more chicks "just appeared" one day! [​IMG]
     
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  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    hawks and eagles and dogs,cats,alot of animals hunt during the day.,, and myself,, i think a roo is 1 of the best pieces of protection you can have, specially if there is no net above ya girls. my roo's protect against every animal, humans, and birds. and most take REALLY good care of THEIR girls. [​IMG]
     
  6. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since I have bantys, could I get a Large rooster, or do I have to stick with a bantam rooster?
     
  7. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    a larger roo would try to mate with them,, and that could be problems with him squishing them.
     
  8. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    I wouldn't get a large rooster,if he is to big, he might hurt the girls while mating.
     
  9. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    just get you a GOOD livestock dog... if you dont care about fertile eggs or not.. Perhaps a great pyrenees.. a lot and myself can give you feedback on these amazing dogs


    -Daniel
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:All that, plus they're a hoot to watch.
     

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