First Rooster - Any Good Books Out There

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LostEgg, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. LostEgg

    LostEgg New Egg

    Jul 17, 2011
    Hi all, I recently learned that one of my pullets is a cockerel (an Australorp, by the way). I wasn't planning on having a rooster, but now I am kind of excited. I have been looking at as many chicken books as possible, but none have devoted any significant time to how to raise a roo. Anyone have any good book suggestions?

  2. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2011
    nope, not a book.. just keep them in the pen with the pullets.. one's the same, just different.
  3. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    Jackson, MI
    you mean a cook book? [​IMG]
  4. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    A New York City phone book, so you can wack 'em if he gets aggressive.
  5. Tenmore

    Tenmore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Ogden utah
    Yup find a good cook book with good BBQ ideas... lol good luck
  6. theCandEs

    theCandEs Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2010
    We have 8 new "babies" and one turned out to be a rooster, and he's an Australorp, too. Small world. BTW, they are joking, but we are worried about him becoming aggressive, too. Currently, he seems pretty docile, but we just had to dispatch of our 1 1/2 year old EE rooster because he would attack my husband every chance he got. We tried everything to get him to stop, but nothing worked. We cut off his spurs, too. It's a shame, though. He would usually back down to me, but he seemed see my husband as a threat. Not sure how this Australorp will do. He's not afraid of us at all. He comes right up to us. Our EE rooster was at least scared of us, and would take off running if you tried to touch him. Anyway, good luck!!
  7. SimpleSonflower

    SimpleSonflower Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 10, 2011
    Just this morning my husband and I heard a "Cockadoodle Doo" for the first time. We thought they were all pullets....oh well [​IMG] I guess my Barred Rock is a rooster. I wondering now if my Rhode Island Red is a rooster too? If I end up with more than one rooster, will that work to let them forge in the backyard or would it be better to make dinner out of one of them????? [​IMG] When do they start to show signs of aggression too? My flock is about four months old now. Thanks!!
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Kind of depends on how many hens and space you have. One roo to about 10 or so hens is a good ratio without the hens being overbred by the roo. I have roos that get along great in the same pen and others who have to be by themselves with their own group of hens. The more space they all have the less likely that there will be problems between them.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by