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I need to cut down on the amount of

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by PAchickenlover, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I need to cut down on the amount of roosters that we have. Problem is i'm not sure which ones should go. Should I get rid of the overly aggressive to our hens roosters first or what? Please help....

    Thanks,
    Mollie
     
  2. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
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    yes I would get rid of the overly aggressive first but you may have another roo take his place.
     
  3. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope not. I have been trying to study my roosters behaviors and I think I know who will be good and who will be bad. I just needed conformation that I was planning on getting rid of the right ones.
    Thanks
     
  4. crazybarnlady

    crazybarnlady Out Of The Brooder

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    my criteria was -first, roos that are rough with the girls (since they have to live with him full time), then roos that are mean to me, then based on looks [​IMG]
     
  5. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am faced with this decision as well. [​IMG]
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm guessing you're not breeding for anything specific, so no breed standards apply.

    Any roo that's mean to humans goes.
    Any roo that's stalking a specific hen goes.
    Any roo that's just too rough in general goes. This keeps in mind teenage roos are spazes when mating [​IMG]


    A roo that moves out of my way when I'm in his space gets a plus.
    A roo that calls hens over for treats and waits until they're done gets a plus.
    A roo that drops his wing and dances for the hens gets two plus.
    A roo that gives warning call gets a plus. More pluses if I can tell different warnings for different things approaching--i.e I have roosters that give different calls for my two different dogs. One dog is dead gentle and just walks around, the other likes to run through the flock and scatter them. Hence, different calls [​IMG]

    After that, you could go with general personality, and of course color is a factor with roos. They're all so pretty!
     

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