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Light Brahma rooster

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mdibaugh, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. mdibaugh

    mdibaugh In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2010
    Eaton rapids, Mi
    First timer here. Today I realized i have a rooster. The "cocka doodle doooooooooo" was a dead giveaway while walking out the door to go to work. Just wanted to here some options. I dont want any unplanned chicks in the future. Am I correct in my thinking that as long as I check for eggs everyday we wont have chicks? Also my other four chicks are all diff breeds. If they did have chicks would this be a problem? Would they be a mix of the two breeds? What are advantages and disadvantages of keeping the roo. I have a small coop with run. Plenty of room for my five. Would appreciate everyones comments.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2010

  2. Debbielucia

    Debbielucia In the Brooder

    Aug 13, 2010
    HI Im very new but did read somewhere that most hens will lay about 300 eggs before feeling broody and want some chicks so until this time u should be fine leaving them together , when u do decide to have some chicks put the roo alone for few days with one broody hen and hey presto you have chicks which she will sit on for 21 days ,

    sorry cant answer other questions for you , only know what ive read uptp now

    Debbie mother of 1 girl age 5 , 3 cats , 2 dogs , 2silkie chicks and 1 unknown chick
  3. silkydragon

    silkydragon Songster

    Nov 1, 2009
    ohio valley
    Quote:it all depends on the breed silkies will go broody in a month but if you want chicks you need the rooster before the hen gos broody the rooster fertalizes the eggs before they come out and a broody hen stops laying while sitting on her eggs and keeping a rooster in a pen with a hen that has gone broody and you want to hatch chicks is a bad idea mine always go in the nest box and get my hens if they take longer then normal
    benifits of having a rooster include it will be entertaining to watch as he protect his girls shows them how to lay eggs (lol guys always know better even if its something they cant do) find them treats and cluck pecking at the bug till a girl gets it if you live in an area where roosters are allowed i would suggest keeping 1 they will be crossbreeds what kind of chickens do you have?
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Even with a rooster you won't have to worry about unplanned chicks until and unless a hen decides to go broody and some hens never do. Broodiness has been bred out of alot of chickens, because a hen that's broody is not laying.
    Supposing you kept a roo and a hen did go broody, there's absolutely nothing wrong with mixed breed chicks. Backyards everywhere are filled with "mutts".
    I free range my chickens and wouldn't even considering doing that if I didn't have a rooster as the first line of defense against predators. A good roo is provider, protector and peacekeeper in the flock. He will find the best foods and call to his hens to come eat there. My roo even beak feeds his favorite hens. A roo will do his best to defend his flock against predators. A roo will break up the occasional hen fights and generally doesn't put up with bullying by one hen on another.
    If you get fertile eggs there isn't a problem. Fertile eggs don't taste different from unfertile ones, nor is there any nutritional difference. The only difference is in looks, but you'd have to look real close to tell the difference and know what to look for.
    The cons? Some roos become aggressive towards humans. Those roos need to lose their heads (literally) since there are plenty of human respecting roos needing homes. I keep my roo far away from young children (even though he's people friendly) because I am of the opinion that roos and young children don't mix.

  5. buckabucka

    buckabucka Crowing

    Jan 13, 2010
    Fairfield, Maine
    My Coop
    He's a beautiful-looking rooster! I only have one light brahma (it's a hen), and she is very curious and entertaining. i am new at this also. I did not plan on keeping a rooster, but one of my Easter Eggers turned out to be male. He is very pretty and I want to keep him. I haven't seen any great rooster skills (like pointing out food for the girl's), but he's only 16 weeks, so I'm hoping he's still learning.
    If you like his personality, why not try keeping him?
  6. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    You have a lovely Light Brahma rooster and a Light Brahma girl, too.
    I would keep the rooster and get the fertile eggs and hatch them, but you don't ever need to have chicks if you don't want them.
    I keep Brahmas and the boys are huge, gentle and very, very rarely aggressive.
    A rooster can be an asset to any flock as he will keep the hens from squabbling and will try to guard his girls to the best of his ability from predators.

  7. mdibaugh

    mdibaugh In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2010
    Eaton rapids, Mi
    Actually the hen in the foreground is a Columbian Wyandotte.

  8. perolane

    perolane Songster

    Jun 20, 2010
    I just pick my eggs every day....no unplanned chicks.
  9. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    First of all...Welcome!! As long as you collect the eggs daily you will not have an unplanned chicks and if a hen does decide to go broody(meaning she wants to set on eggs for 21 days to hatch them), you will know it by her behavior (making a different noise and fluffing her feathers up)....so you are safe. I love roosters because they are just pretty and they will search out food and call the hens when they find it. Also, I would not listen to the fact that most hens have been bred not to go broody, because there are still PLENTY of them that will and do.
  10. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    Congratulations on your light Brahma roo! By all means, keep him. He will give you many hours of enjoyment and take good care of your girls. As long as you collect eggs daily, like I'm sure you do, you won't have any unwanted chicks. Some of my favorites are "mutts" with my light Brahma roo as the daddy.

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