New from the snowy north.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bwb518, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. bwb518

    bwb518 Just Hatched

    Mar 10, 2016
    Kagawong, Ontario
    Hello just joined Backyard Chickens, from northern Ontario. New to chickens and find the information on the site a great source of information. Lots of informative articles from some obviously very passionate contributors. Our plan is to start slow and once the weather get a little warmer, start building our coop, hopefully adding chickens by next spring. So, lots of time to check things out and do it right. Looking at a small flock of six to seven chickens and possibly a rooster. Which leads me to my question. Other than fertilized eggs are there any other advantages to having a rooster?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    NO. Can't think of any. Roosters may sound the alarm if predators are sighted but, they'll probably be the first to be eaten. Lots of people are going without them and their hens are much less stressed because of that.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I don't have a rooster but other than fertile eggs, the main reason I'd want one is that they are so darned impressive looking and I like their crowing. But my girls lay just fine and I don't have to be concerned about them being over-bred. And I don't have to figure out what to do with any little males that hatch out of the fertile eggs.

    Make yourself at home here!
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC- I agree with the sentiments posted above when it comes to roos.

    All the best


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