Gonna keep a roo or two, but which breed?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BarkerChickens, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    We have chicks (straight run) in the brooder right now. We would like to keep a rooster (2 preferably) and the rest of the roos will become dinner. The chicks will eventually be introduced to our current flock of 6 hens (3 BRs and 3 EEs) when they are old enough. One of my concerns is size, but DH says it is not a big deal . He really likes the BJGs, but I am concerned that the roo would hurt my small EE, Pia. Pia is a standard, but she's only about 4.5 - 5 lbs (though she is tall and slender). She's a bitty for a potentially 13 lbs roo, right? We also do not want a roo that is of a breed that's known for being obnoxious and/or aggressive. Of the following breeds, what do ya'll recommend? If it makes any difference, our chicks are from Privett (via Welp). Thanks!

    The chicks are a mix of the following breeds:
    mottled Javas
    Buckeyes
    black Jersey Giants
    Delawares
    salmon Faverolles
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    We had a Delaware roo once. HE WAS LOUD. and mean.

    Get yourself an Ameraucana... he'll give you easter eggers.

    BTW; If I had to choose only from your list it would be the Buckeye, then the Java, Favs, BJG then the delli.
     
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  3. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I know roos like to be heard, so for it to be considered LOUD is frightening! [​IMG] Mean on top of it!

    Why the breeds in that order? I have read some on Buckeye, Jersey Giant and Faverolle roos, but haven't found much on Java roos.

    Why an Ameraucana roo? Are you referring to the purebred or the EEs?
     
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Anyone else? I appreciate your opinions since I don't experience with roos whatsoever. [​IMG] Thanks!
     
  5. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    We loved our salmon fav roosters. They are a very gentle roo. They are beautiful and endangered.....
     
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I think the salmon faverolle roos are the most beautiful rooster! I didn't know they are gentle too! Are they good protectors of the hens or are they too gentle?
     
  7. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've never had a Salmon Fav but I've heard VERY good things about them. I'd have to second that based on the great info I've been told.
     
  8. PoultryPotts

    PoultryPotts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say buceye.
     
  9. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:We only hatched roos. So I never got a hen. [​IMG] They were just the nicest guys. I think they are truly stunning. I cannot speak to their protective qualities, but aren't most roos pretty good at that?[​IMG]
     
  10. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    I vote for the Salmon Faverolle, my only reason is cause I think they are georgous and I heard alot of good things about them no personal experience yet! I have 5 supposed girls being shipped weds. and if there is a accidental roo in the bunch I would surely keep him! Not quite sure how that would work out with my little Honeycomb roo though! He might not think its such a hot Idea. Sandy
     

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