Do I really need to keep a rooster in the flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mjsparky, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. mjsparky

    mjsparky Hatching

    Dec 18, 2009
    It's time to kill off all the un-wanted roosters in the flock as they are starting to fight each other. Do I need to keep one rooster, I don't think I'll be trying to hatch out eggs at this point. I've just got the hens for eggs.

  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    No, the hens will be fine without a rooster.
  3. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    What HEChicken said.

    [​IMG] from PA!
  4. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    You only need a rooster for fertile eggs. They will lay no matter if there is a rooster or not.

  5. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    True that you don't need a rooster, however, you may end up getting an alpha female if you don't. Before I got my rooster, my mama hen took over the roost so to speak, only she was kind of a bully. Once I got my rooster, that stopped.
  6. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    I kept layers for many years without a roo. I only started keeping roos when I got interested in breeding and hatching.
  7. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    Your girls may enjoy not having a roo around. [​IMG]

  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    As stated, no need to keep a rooster if you'd rather not have one. I personally enjoy my boys, but if you get rid of all yours, then later on, if you change your mind, you can certainly get another one. There is no rooster shortage around BYC!
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I personally wouldn't have a flock without a rooster; he's the best part - besides the free eggs.
    I'm just a rooster freak. [​IMG]

  10. Stephanie-n-Hayden

    Stephanie-n-Hayden Songster

    Aug 15, 2009
    Quote:I agree. It's happened to me. My small flock was ruled by my one-and-only bantam roo and all was fine. Then he "disappeared" (chicken hawk). The flock hasn't been the same since. My flock is all bantams except for one RIR. She has taken over as the HBIC (head Bit$$ in charge) and is pretty cruel to some of the other. We have actually had to separate the flock of 6 into two separate ones so that she won't be able to pick n the others so much. I plan on putting one of my baby roos (hatched out this fall) with her in the spring. That'll show her!!!!!

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