Help request! Possible adoption what to look for?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NHMountainMan, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. DobieLover

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    It's impossible to know. It's likely he will change. Possibly for the better, possibly for the worse. Go meet him. But also look for and meet some roosters. I know from my own experience if I could do it over, I would have just started with pullets then adopted a mature rooster that had been raised with mature birds. A rooster that had already learned the ropes and proven himself a good flock protector and provider, was gentle with the girls and not aggressive with humans.
     
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    Thank you again. I'm going to look for a rooster and compare. Great advice!
     
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    Good luck! And do post back with your final outcome!
     
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    I checkout out a beautiful 14 week old rose comb leghorn cockerel. Really impressed by him - the present owner has a German Short haired pointer that's killed several of the chickens. The cockerel showed all kinds of aggression towards the pooch. That's what I was looking for in a flock protector.
    But then I thought about those same hormones with my pullets and thought about all you said in your advice.
    So I've decided to pass on adding a cockerel to my flock. Going to hold off on a rooster too.
    I do have question - when I add new chicks next spring, if there is a cockerel in the group, would I have the same issues with my hens now being a year old?
     
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    No. Having the older hens to raise him will make him better mannered with them. But you won't know if he will be human aggressive. You can try to order a breed where the roosters tend to not be aggressive and hope for the best.
     
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    Thanks as always for the great advice.
    Not too worried about human aggression. I would guess it's hard to find a great protector that isn't human aggressive.
    I'll give it a try and see how it goes. Thanks for giving me a chance to make an informed decision.
     

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