Do you really need a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by motorboat, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. motorboat

    motorboat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2012
    Roosters are not worth the hassle. I don't see a real need for one. The are loud, they are overly protective (I don't blame them, it's instinct) and can attack you. They ruin your hens' back from all the mating. I keep my hens in a pen/run so they don't really protect them from predators. I see no need to keep a rooster around. I think I'm going to get rid of my rooster.

    If you want to attack me that's fine. If you want to convince me why I should keep a rooster that's fine too. After 10 years of owning chickens I really don't see a need for a rooster. I don't raise chicks from eggs so roosters don't seem to have any value to me. That's all.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2016
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015

    No rooster is necessary if eggs and only eggs are the objective. Not all roosters are as you describe. The one shown below has a half crow that can't be heard 20 feet away. He is gentle with his hens and seems to enjoy being held by the wife and me.

  3. sdm111

    sdm111 Chicken Obsessed

    May 21, 2013
    S. louisiana
    Some like them some don't they're not for everybody but with the right housing setup can be visually stunning
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I like my roosters, mine are never aggressive and add a lot to the flock. I currently have 14. If you don't know how to handle roosters don't keep them.
  5. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    You are so right! Roosters are completely unnecessary except if you want to fertilize eggs to hatch chicks.

    But they're ever so entertaining. I've enjoyed every single rooster I ended up with, even the naughty ones.
  6. aldarita

    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2012
    Brenham TX
    Yes, definitely roosters are not needed if you are not planning to hatch your own chicks and if you do not free range your flock. On the other hand, they are absolutely beautiful animals and if you are lucky enough to get a good one they help with keeping peace in the flock.[​IMG]
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    No one here's going to attack you for getting rid of your rooster [​IMG]. If they do, send them to me and I'll [​IMG]!

    I'm sorry you're so defensive about this. Sounds like someone's been giving you a hard time about your decision, and that's too bad. Most of the experienced folks here totally agree roosters aren't for everyone, and I believe lots of folks would have a better chicken experience if they got rid of their Oops rooster they're determined to hold onto for some weird reason. I hope you are able to remove the rooster soon and enjoy your flock [​IMG].
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