My first Q: Visiting Roos

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grampaspipsqueak, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. grampaspipsqueak

    grampaspipsqueak New Egg

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    Hi,
    I'm in the learning about raising chickens for eggs (and pets:D) stage of the game. I have a dilemma. My husband doesn't like the idea of waking to the cock-a-doodles each morning, nor will close-by neighbors. Here's my Q.
    What is the possibility - I mean, would it even work - to have a visiting rooster once or twice a year? Please don't laugh! It sounds ridiculous I know. But has anyone ever heard of this? I've got houses just steps away and right across the fence...

    I thought of speaking with the neighbors once this idea of raising chickens is intact, to get their input...
    It's a nice size yard with gardening beds, shed, some shade, with areas of bark for the coop...really perfect.

    I'll wait to hear from anyone out there in BYC. [​IMG]
    Thanks!
     
  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
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    Hens will lay eggs without roosters. Only if you want fertile eggs for hatching do you need a rooster.
     
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    HI!
    This is not the first time someone has had this idea so no we don't think you're crazy.

    The concept would work, but there are problems.

    Anytime you bring in a new chicken it needs to be put into quarantine away from your chickens for 4 weeks to maintain bio security.

    If you skip this step you risk introducing illness into your existing flock and could very well loose the whole flock.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    And hens won't automatically allow themselves to be bred by a strange rooster the first day. There could possibly be bloodshed.
     
  5. grampaspipsqueak

    grampaspipsqueak New Egg

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    Woa. Good words of advice. I guess if I decide to bring up some more chickens I can always buy some and introduce them using the 4 week quarantine while they mature. I sure have some reading to do.[​IMG]

    I can certainly appreciate hens not welcoming some ol' rooster for a spell... (more than I can say for some of my human gender!)

    I sure appreciate the input from your experience.

    Many thanks.
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you buy babies and raise them up from day olds, they don't need to be quarantined before introduction unless they were hatched out from a broody and was under an adult hen.
     
  7. grampaspipsqueak

    grampaspipsqueak New Egg

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    RedRooster,

    I just read your link Dealing with Roosters - I learned quite a bit: Roosters and Toddlers are equally difficult! And worse, Toddlers don't have enough bird-brains to improve under such excellent advice! (ha ha)
     
  8. grampaspipsqueak

    grampaspipsqueak New Egg

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    Quote:Got it. Thanks.
     

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