Free Ranging Chickens In Mo :-)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kidsnchickens, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. kidsnchickens

    kidsnchickens Hatching

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    Good morning! We r fairly new to chickens too. We have a beautiful flock of hens that are just starting to lay eggs ... Very exciting! They free range during the day on about 3 acres down a gravel road w/lots of big shade trees. Our problem is our rooster. He is a beautiful brown laced polish. Everytime I go to check for eggs or put them back in the coop he waits till I turn around n jumps on my back ... Not very nice & im worried about him doing it to the kids. Can our hens free range without him? What r everyone's thoughts? We really appreciate the input! =)
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas, kidsnchicks, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! There seems to be two camps about roosters - those who swear by them as flock protectors and those who say their roosters only look out for number one and don't take on predators. Honestly, I'm not sure if a Polish rooster is much of a match against most things that would eat the hens. I think the hens will be fine on their own...or is fine as they would be with a rooster. Mine don't have a rooster right now and no problems. I guess what I mean is that in my opinion, if a big hungry coyote with chicken dinner on his mind charges my birds it wouldn't make any difference if I had a rooster or not. Just my opinion. Good luck to you!!
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! I would re-home the rooster, good luck to you.
     
  4. kidsnchickens

    kidsnchickens Hatching

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    Thanks! We really appreciate the input. The rooster is headed to a new home next week, so we r going to try it w/o one. =)
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    [​IMG] too many good roosters available cheaply or even free, to put up with an aggressive one. Yes, they can be very dangerous to kids - because they are closer to the ground than adults
     
  7. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  8. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

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    Glad you were able to find him a new home! Welcome to the site :)
     
  9. 4H gal

    4H gal Chirping

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    Welcome to BYC!!!!! [​IMG]
     

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