Free rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by GardenWeasel, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. GardenWeasel

    GardenWeasel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feb 23, 2009
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    I was out free ranging my 25 just starting to lay pullets yesterday and a guy walked up and asked if I had a rooster. I said no and he asked me if I wanted a rooster. I asked what kind and he said a yellow buff mix. I have 25 girls of different breeds and was toying with the idea of perhaps getting a rooster next year but thinking I should get one of the breeds I already have, which he isn't. The rooster is free, he said 1 year old, not mean, but he only has 15 hens and 2 rooster so little guy is locked up cause bigger rooster picks on him. Have also heard a rooster protects the flock, do I need one just for protecting? If I did take him I would have to quarentine also, right?
     
  2. buck431397

    buck431397 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Take the rooster!

    He will help protect the flock, although with 25, you may want to get two! I am so happy to have my rooster. He gives me peace of mind, expecially when free ranging the flock. Plus he sounds like a handsome one. I hear BO's are very friendly, if thats what he is...
     
  3. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    Actually, if you want a roo of one of the breeds you already have, just wait. Your girls have a pecking order figured out, and the top hen will tend to keep an eye out. Granted, not just like a roo, but they aren't completely vulnerable either [​IMG] I only just recently got roos, and never had a problem before they were here... Then again, he is free. If you don't want to hatch out your eggs, then the breed really won't matter [​IMG]

    ALWAYS quarantine when you get new birds [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd go visit him to make sure he IS a good rooster an not aggressive.
     

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