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I should accept this is a rooster, right?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Mylied, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. Mylied

    Mylied Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I seem to be having bad lucks this go around. It appears out of nine chicks I got a few months ago, 5 are roosters. This one I was iffy on, but after seeing the pics, I should probably accept that it's a he. This guy is around 3 months old. So just to confirm, rooster?
     
  2. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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  3. Sunshine0235

    Sunshine0235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cockerel
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely a cockerel.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Cockerel.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree.
     
  7. Mylied

    Mylied Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I figured. Lol. Now I'll just have to get more hens to keep all these boys happy. ;-)
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You're going to need a lot more hens if you're going to keep all 6 roosters. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. The only reason you really need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching, and 1 rooster can easily handle 10 hens in this regard.
     
  9. Mylied

    Mylied Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 roosters and one is a tiny bantam. I think I'm getting rid of two. I want to breed silkies and marans, so I'll get more of those hens and put the bantam in with my egg layers. He's too cute to get rid of, plus he'll have 11 hens to chase.
     

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