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How many roos should I rehome?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HeatherTheMommy, May 19, 2016.

  1. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 11 hens and bought 6 chick's this spring to add. 3 look like hens and 3 look like roos. I also have 6 4 week old chick's that my silkie is raising but I'm only keeping hens from those 6. Now the 3 roos are 8 weeks old. 1 is a Polish, 1 is a bantam coaching drizzle and 1 is an all white eek. They are all beautiful!!! I'd hate to get rid of any of them :( realistically how many of the 3 do you think I need to try and rehome?
     
  2. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cochin drizzle-_- thanks autocorrect
     
  3. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    FRIZZLE
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    One rooster will be plenty, but it's too soon to decide on which. Let them grow up longer and then decide, because temperament is the most important trait, and human aggression may take more time to surface. Cockrels who grow up together may get along fine, but you will need more pullets for two or more males. Watch the boys grow up, and decide a bit later. Frizzles are cute, but can't fly, so are much more vulnerable to predators, and getting up to roost will be hard. I wouldn't keep one as my only rooster. Mary
     
  5. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think I would be able to keep the Polish and frizzle?
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    You may be okay with only two. You might not be. And the ones that you find oh-so friendly and cute, may turn out to be aggressive in another few months. To make a determination on temperament, which is really the most important factor to consider when choosing a cockerel, you need to keep them around long enough to see what affect hormones have on his personality. Even the most adorable cockerel can turn nasty, so don't use looks as your deciding factor.
     
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    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Keep them and see! Just have a plan for any loosers that develop (human attackers!) because that can happen. Polish require some care to keep ice off the cute topknot in winter, and they can't see overhead, so are more vulnerable to hawk attacks. But they are also very cute! Sounds like you love the little fuzzy ones! Mary
     
  8. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes and my white ee roo is so beautiful. He has muffin and a beard. Want to keep them all :(
     

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