I have a surprise rooster, a beautiful Brahma

Baba Egg

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Hello! I am new to this website. I started two years ago with 5 hens. They are so fun, I love them so much, I decided to expand, I added 18 chicks this spring wanting to develop a mixed flock. Turns out, I have an unexpected rooster in the group. They are all hand raised and seem to be good with each other and my two dogs. At 18 weeks, a few of the new ladies are starting to lay and the rooster (Mr Fluffy) has matured. I do not mind his crowing, I live in a rural area, no close neighbors. My concern is, since I do not plan to breed or raise chicks and Mr Fluffy has become quite active in his love of the ladies, should I keep him? I do NOT need fertilized eggs and I am uncertain if his very active, loving attention is perhap too stressful for the ladies. I handle them all regularly so they are friendly but is Mr Fluffy likely to become aggressive as he ages?

 

TheTwoRoos

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He may he may not.If he has bad genes then maybe.

Fertilize eggs will not hurt you.

Also welcome to BYC
 

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Hi :welcome

Glad you could join us here! He sure is one handsome boy! As said above he may or may turn out to be aggressive only time will tell. With how many ladies you have I'm not sure he will be bothering them has he has plenty there to keep him happy. When you do t have many ladies this can cause a problem with over breeding of them. Here are some threads and articles on keeping a roo ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=Keeping+a+roo#

Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
 

QueenMisha

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Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

If he is a good rooster, you should absolutely keep him. A good rooster will watch over his hens, show them food, warn them of predators, break up fights, fertilize eggs for you, respect you, and be beautiful yard art. He will eat perhaps 2 pounds of feed a week in exchange for all of this. Cheap pay for a full time security guard, sire, and piece of living art.

That said, if he begins to harass you or the hens, you should ditch him, without a second thought. But he is a Brahma, so this is unlikely. I have never once meet a mean Brahma and in fact I highly recommend them as flock roosters because they are so rarely aggressive. My first rooster was a Brahma.
 

dekel18042

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Hello! I am new to this website. I started two years ago with 5 hens. They are so fun, I love them so much, I decided to expand, I added 18 chicks this spring wanting to develop a mixed flock. Turns out, I have an unexpected rooster in the group. They are all hand raised and seem to be good with each other and my two dogs. At 18 weeks, a few of the new ladies are starting to lay and the rooster (Mr Fluffy) has matured. I do not mind his crowing, I live in a rural area, no close neighbors. My concern is, since I do not plan to breed or raise chicks and Mr Fluffy has become quite active in his love of the ladies, should I keep him? I do NOT need fertilized eggs and I am uncertain if his very active, loving attention is perhap too stressful for the ladies. I handle them all regularly so they are friendly but is Mr Fluffy likely to become aggressive as he ages?


Hello! I am new to this website. I started two years ago with 5 hens. They are so fun, I love them so much, I decided to expand, I added 18 chicks this spring wanting to develop a mixed flock. Turns out, I have an unexpected rooster in the group. They are all hand raised and seem to be good with each other and my two dogs. At 18 weeks, a few of the new ladies are starting to lay and the rooster (Mr Fluffy) has matured. I do not mind his crowing, I live in a rural area, no close neighbors. My concern is, since I do not plan to breed or raise chicks and Mr Fluffy has become quite active in his love of the ladies, should I keep him? I do NOT need fertilized eggs and I am uncertain if his very active, loving attention is perhap too stressful for the ladies. I handle them all regularly so they are friendly but is Mr Fluffy likely to become aggressive as he ages?

What a handsome rooster. Not all roosters turn nasty. There are some real sweethearts out there. Unless you know his lines only time will tell but if he is with your older hens that should help. Cockerels raised with older birds, other roosters or adult hens while not foolproof tend to be more respectful.
I like having roosters with the flock. Tastewise you cannot tell the difference between fertile and unfertile eggs and it's an extra pair of eyes on the lookout for predators. And if a predator manages to invade the fortress, a good rooster will sound the alarm and put himself the line of fire to protect his hens. At one point I saw a rooster march out to meet a fox who had scaled a bank.
And many of them are pretty eye candy, too.
 

Baba Egg

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Mar 7, 2016
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Thank you for all the replies. So far, this surprise guy is friendly and attentive to the hens. Hopefully, he will continue to be a positive element.
 

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