Looking for a rooster to protect the hens - what breed?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NonTypicalCPA, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. NonTypicalCPA

    NonTypicalCPA Out Of The Brooder

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    We have been thinking about adding a rooster to our flock of 9 hens for protection, but we're not sure if there is a recommended breed that we should be looking at. We lost a hen yesterday afternoon, I'm guessing to a hawk, and would like the girls to have a rooster to warn/protect them. We have a mixture of brahmas, orpingtons, and aruacanas. Should I look to a giant breed like a jersey giant, or something else? We've never had a rooster. Will a rooster that has good protection instincts be a pain (to people) to have as a free range bird? We enjoy the beauty of our hens and have heard that a rooster will make them look worked over with missing/broken feathers - is that always the case? Any ideas are appreciated.
     
  2. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Not always the case, no. Depends if you have enough hens for your rooster and if your boy has favorites. 1 rooster to 10 hens is a good ratio. I have a big buff orp rooster, I LOVE him and he is SO pretty! He does have a couple....anger issues, but we have sorted that all out. It really depends on the rooster, how he is raised and what his daddy was like. (Aggressiveness is passed on.)
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The wear and tear on the hens varies. My Barred Rock rooster has his favorites; and they wear aprons to protect their backs. They seem to me to be more submissive than the rest.

    But he is quite the dude. Watching all the time, when they are out. When he sounds the alarm, the hens duck under cover. He calls them over for treats that he finds.

    Roosters don't contribute to the laying of eggs, of course. I kept this one because the interaction of the rooster with the 8 hens is interesting to watch. I have a friend with a flock with no rooster. The behavior is quite different. Not better or worse, just different.

    I don't know about breeds for good roosters. I have just this one.

    Chris
     
  4. NonTypicalCPA

    NonTypicalCPA Out Of The Brooder

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    I found a 3 month old brahma on CL today and picked him up. I'll get a picture up soon.
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Other than being an extra set of eyes to spot trouble, roosters are NOT "protection"
    They are just slightly larger chickens, and still no match for most predators
     
  6. slatts

    slatts Out Of The Brooder

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    But isn't the idea that roosters used for protection of a free ranging hens are sort of expendable? I know if you lose one due to protecting his girls that's not optimal, but just get another rooster, repeat.
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: There's no promise a predator will kill a Rooster first, so if you're using the "safety in numbers" theory, you can just get more hens
     
  8. countrydream7

    countrydream7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just ordered blue iowas was told good for predators going to try Monday or Tuesday should arrive will let u guys know how this works out
     
  9. slatts

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    Nobody said a rooster would ALWAYS give it self up to save the hens, but sometimes is better than none at all. Yes?
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

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    I've never seen any real evidence they do that at all.
    In fact, it seems more logical their crowing would ATTRACT more predators

    I think the idea of a rooster actually "protecting" a flock is more a myth than a reality
     

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