Not sure???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by DeerHeartRanch, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. DeerHeartRanch

    DeerHeartRanch New Egg

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    I really thought these were roosters- but I'm now questioning myself. Any input would help, please! [​IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. Sunshine0235

    Sunshine0235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one outside is 100% rooster. The one inside looks like a rooster, but needs a full side shot to be sure
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The bird front and center is a rooster.
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Those look like roosters
     
  5. DeerHeartRanch

    DeerHeartRanch New Egg

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    [​IMG]how bout this one?
     
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  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Rooster 100% The large comb and wattles plus the light coloring gives it away.
     
  7. DeerHeartRanch

    DeerHeartRanch New Egg

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    Thanks- guess I won't second guess myself.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    All of the birds pictured are roosters.
     
  9. DeerHeartRanch

    DeerHeartRanch New Egg

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    So today- is rooster butchering day. I'm excited - but not - at the same time. In our purchase of chicks this spring we ended up with 10 roosters & only 6 hens. The other day I purchased 11 more- for 17 total hens. How many roosters shud I keep just to keep the hens happily laying?
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Just to keep hens laying happily? None.
    I'd keep as few roosters as you need to meet your needs. What would your need be for keeping a rooster? Flock protection? One should do the trick there. Fertility for hatching eggs? One young rooster can easily cover that many hens. For absolute maximum fertility you could put two males in with that many females, but you don't really need to. Keeping the peace in the flock? Just one.

    Some folks like to keep a back up rooster, if they're free ranging and using the male as alarm/protection. Not a bad idea if you're in a high-risk environment, that's easier than bringing in a new bird down the line.
     

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