I have 9 hens and Rooster, Do I really need rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by McClellan_Coop, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. McClellan_Coop

    McClellan_Coop Out Of The Brooder

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    I have chickens in my backyard with no predators around. I am wanting to get rid of the rooster and 3 hens would this mess with my flock in anyway?
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You would likely see some changes in the pecking order, but no- you certainly don't need the rooster. Good luck...
     
  3. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    No, the hens left will just resort their order and go about their chicky business.
     
  4. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, you don't have to keep a rooster with your flock. If you want to get rid of the one you already have? I say do it... You can either put him in freezer camp yourself, attempt to rehome him with another family with a flock, or offer him up to someone else's freezer camp if they want to do the deed.
     
  5. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think the main reason for a rooster is if you intend to hatch eggs. My chicken stay out all day so my rooster guides them around and looks out for um. But if yours don't get out and no chicks are planned, I guess not.
     
  6. christineavatar

    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep a rooster because he helps to fend off other critters. That's the best reason to have him. I know you said that you don't have any predators but unless you live in the city of New York or L.A. there are probably have, at least, night time predators.
     
  7. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep several roosters....they DO help with predators, I DO hatch eggs, and they certainly provide us with eye candy with their flamboyant feathers..
     
  8. Little One

    Little One Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course, you dont need a rooster, I know not everybody wants one...and some can be aggressive. The hens will readjust and from what I understand, a hen should take over as "alpha" of the flock. But why get rid of a roo, they're so entertaining. Ours does keep a lookout for danger, sounding an alert for the girls to run for cover if he sees a hawk silhouette overhead. He also announces when he's found a tasty treat, so the hens can run over and eat it instead. I've even seen him disable a grasshopper so it can't hop away while he clucks for a hen to come eat it... like I said, too fun to watch. [​IMG]
     

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