Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CoachSully44, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. CoachSully44

    CoachSully44 In the Brooder

    New member here. I live on 10 acres that I have been managing (as best as one can manage a small parcel) for wildlife (and Labradors) for years. I finally decided to turn my attention to the domestic side and am starting a flock this spring. I know a rooster is not necessary for egg production, but I like the idea of a "flock protector" so I'd like to get one. I only want one, however, and the only means I have of acquiring a rooster is through a straight run purchase. I don't want to end up with multiple cockerels and have to cull for no reason. How does one go about acquiring a single rooster?
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2018
  2. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

    Feb 7, 2018
    Hampshire, UK
    My Coop
    Wow ten acres must be lovely.
    Welcome to BYC! There’s so many helpful, knowledgeable folks here and I’m sure you’ll find this site a very useful resource. I hope you enjoy it as much as we all do. There’s always folks looking to rehome roosters (me included but unfortunately I’m in UK!). I’m a member of a cockerel rehome group on Facebook. Maybe there’s one in your state?
  3. CoachSully44

    CoachSully44 In the Brooder

    Thank you so much. I will definitely check out FB.
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    Welcome Sully. Cockerels are a dime a dozen. Get your pullets (female chicken from hatch date to her first birthday) and get them raised up well, preferably to the point of lay before you even consider getting a cockerel (male chicken less than a year old) or a rooster (over a year old).

    In order to safely house a roo, you will need EVEN MORE SPACE than the generally recommended 4 s.f./chicken in your coop and 10 s.f./chicken in your run. Be aware that a roo will not so much protect your flock as he will sound the alarm system.

    A good roo: keeps his eye out for predators so his ladies can eat in peace. He also dances for his ladies, finds and shares treats, accompanies them to/from the nest, even finds new and novel nesting spaces for them! He takes no for an answer, does not attempt to breed a pullet or hen who is not laying and not receptive. He takes good care of his babies. Most of all, he is not chicken or people aggressive.

    The biggest issue of adding a cockerel or roo at a later date is the biosecurity risk. You always run the risk of bringing a "forever" disease into your flock any time you add an older bird.

    That being said, the best option for flock harmony would be to add a mature roo to your flock of laying pullets. The good roo would be a proven breeder, one who has a track record of being gentle with his ladies and not people aggressive.

    The next option would be to start your flock this season with chicks, then add a few more chicks in the spring, including a cockerel chick. He would grow up in your flock, and be schooled in proper dating etiquette by your hens.

    Many of us keep a multi age flock: remove some older birds each year, add some chicks each year. That way you don't end up with a hen house full of old biddies who are no longer paying the rent (with eggs).
  5. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy:ya to have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
  6. Boots And Chicken Poop

    Boots And Chicken Poop Chirping

    Feb 26, 2018
    In the deep South!
    Great to have you here!! :welcome Glad you joined us!! If you have any questions, BYC is here for ya!

    I'd definitely check out Craigslist! You can find people that are selling cockerels/roosters. I have two roosters and that's where I got them from. :) Good luck! :thumbsup
  7. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mossyrock, WA
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens buying straight run say you get 15, 12 can be cockerel but it is a beginning either you have three pullets and one cockerel the others are dinner lunch and breakfast and you buy sex-links from a breeder close what state are you in it helps in pointing you to a state thread or there are hatchery that sex chicks
  8. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Lots of cockerels desperate for new homes . Join your state thread and ask BYCers there.
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  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G'Day from down under Coach.... :frow Welcome!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out.

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock and/or other critters, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)

    This is link to Find Your State Thread Diva mentioned.

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