new flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vito1, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. vito1

    vito1 In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2015
    So its time to re flock if thats even a term. Im getting 10 new sexlinks removing 10 older birds and keeping 5 5 month sexlinks so ill have 15 all together. I've been thinking about a roo what are your thoughts? I don't currently have one. Never had one any thoughts will be helpful
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2016

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I guess the first, and possibly only question that springs to mind is "do you want fertile eggs?". If not, then personally, i would not bother - other members have different views, so its good to see what other people post and then make your decision. If you do decide to get one then I'd suggest you research about how to "train / condition" roos so they don't end thinking they are the boss.

    All the best
  3. old mcdanold

    old mcdanold In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2016
    roos can be a hand full but with a good amount of time spent the can be fine the pros are fertile eggs self generating flock and a watchfull eye for predators at the least my roos warn me and raise hell when theres something in the yard cons can hurt or injur you and need to buy more food for all the babies
  4. vito1

    vito1 In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2015
    One thing i dont want is blood in the eggs...
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    The first thing you need to figure out is what your goals are for your flock, and why you want a roosters. If you want to hatch chicks out from your flock, a rooster would be a good addition. If you want one for "protection" of your flock, you may want to reconsider. Yes, roosters will raise an alarm if a hawk flies over, and sometimes for ground predators. They may even take on a raptor or ground predator. Some even win. The rest are just a speed bump - the rooster dies, then the rest of the flock is next. A dominant hen will often take on the role of a rooster as far and watching for predators, etc.

    Blood in your eggs can happen with our without a rooster. Sometimes it's a glitch in the assembly line that causes it. Fertile eggs don't develop blood vessels until after a few days of incubation. Collect your eggs daily, and that won't be a problem.
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