Keeping a rooster pros and cons

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gabz44, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. gabz44

    gabz44 Chirping

    Dec 26, 2015
    Hi :) I have 6 (3 month old chickens-4 silkies-1 buff Orphinton-1 Easter Egger)

    I am certain I have 1 silkie rooster (he's crowing) and pretty sure I have another which would leave me with 4 hens 2 roosters. I was considering keeping 1 rooster but I'm a first time chicken owner and do not know the pros and cons. I am hoping to get eggs for eating from my hens when they are old enough but I do not want chicks. Any advice ?

  2. AuntNomi

    AuntNomi Songster

    Aug 13, 2015
    Callahan, Florida!

    If you do not want chicks, I would not keep the roos. Silkies are known for their broodiness, so IMO you would most likely end up with chicks. I like to keep a roo because I have a really great one that alerts for danger and my flock can get to cover. But I do realize that when a bad enough threat comes along it only means that my roo will probably be the one that dies first. Other then that roos are good for making fertile eggs, which you do not have a desire for. Good luck!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    This is just my experience, but my two roos were good at alarm raising, but protection - no. Between my alpha hen and the local squirrels, they do what my roos used to do and my flock is a lot happier sans roo (and so am i).

    All the best
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Cock/erels can either be really cool or several different kinds of pain the butt.
    If you don't want fertile eggs for hatching, there's no reason to have a male bird IMO.
    With only 4 females 2 males is not a good ratio.

    If you're new to chicken keeping, not having a males will make your experience less troublesome and probably more enjoyable.
  5. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Songster

    Sep 19, 2014
    Central West Virginia
    Roosters can be great, or they can be a nightmare, depending on what you want. If you want your own chicks, you need one, but if you're wanting to keep him as a pet, it's a little iffy. Personally, my yard would not be complete without my roosters. I love hearing them crow every morning (and all day!). But I live out in the country with a bunch of old people as neighbors who also love hearing them crow, so that makes a big difference!

    My Alpha rooster can be aggressive on occasion, but I tolerate it because he does his job better than any other rooster. He fiercely protects his girls, and has actually saved them a couple times, he keeps me in fertile eggs, he's gentle with the hens. He's even accepting of young cockerels, as long as they stay in their place. I've never seen him start a fight with one, he only defends his place and the hens from unwilling mating.

    However, I don't have kids, and I can't let kids near him if they come over because he has spurred and bit me several times, usually when trying to pick up a hen. It can take over a year to see a rooster's true personality as well. Mellow cockerels may grow into aggressive cocks, and aggressive cockerels into gentlemen. The teen phase is really tough to get through, and without an older male to keep them in line, you may have to separate them for a few weeks until the hens catch up and the testosterone settles down.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2016

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