mamarosa

In the Brooder
11 Years
Apr 30, 2008
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I thought I bought 25 chicks that were SUPPOSE to be all girls,,,,,, well I noticed that one of the chikens was getting bigger, had pretty tail feathers and seemed alittle more mature then the rest. They are almost 16 weeks old
this morning, I let them out as usual and this one comes out of the house and seemed like it had something in its throat when suddenly it crowed or sounded like a hoarse crow.... what now....
Alot of people on the site get rid of roosters why????
what about egg laying, will this be a problem down the line
NO one is laying yet.
help this is my first attempt at chickens I got them on 6/19/08
any info would be appreciate
 

Jolyn

Songster
11 Years
Apr 5, 2008
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3
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Northern California
I think most get rid of roosters because of the noise. Especially those that have close neighbors. I think they get rid of them also if they have too many.

I don't think it will affect the egg laying at all.
 

RickiHupp

Songster
11 Years
Sep 24, 2008
832
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139
Newark, Ohio
I have One EE roo and 2 Bantam roos with mine, and I think 2 of the chicks I was raising are roos...ugh. I am an example of too many roos LOL. but oh well I will just have to get rid of some of these boys!!
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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237
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SW Arkansas
It doesn't affect egg laying. If you only ended up with one cockerel out of 25 chicks consider yourself lucky.
If you can have a roo where you live (no neighbors to complain or code regulations), then a rooster is a good thing to have. Great protection for your flock.
 

banter

Songster
11 Years
Mar 3, 2008
1,843
3
189
Raymond Maine
We enjoy our roosters and since we let the chickens range they do an excellent job protecting the hens. We are in the country and the crowing doesn't bother anyone. One rooster for 24 hens will wear him out though! You might want to research the personality of the rooster. There has been a lot of good discussion on this site you might like to go back in a search and read.
 

Bec

THE Delaware Blue Hen
12 Years
Feb 21, 2007
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Home Of The Delaware Blue Hen
If your neighbors don't mind and you don't mind the crowing then I would just keep him! I have 2 roos and I love both of them! I have 18 hens and 2 roos all different breeds! I LOVE to hear the crowing when I am going about my day getting my stuff done!
You can eat the eggs as you would if you had no rooster! BUT if you don't want babies make sure you collect them everyday! Then the up side is, if you do want babies, you got them! It is a very controllable situation and is nothing to worry about! I thinkyour hens will appreciate a good manly man around doing his guarding job! And it is REALLY cute when they find something to eat and call all the hens over to the goodies!
 

PotterWatch

My Patronus is a Chicken
11 Years
Apr 22, 2008
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Virginia
I don't have roos, and won't have any, unless I move. We aren't allowed to keep roosters in our city. If we ever move somewhere I can have roosters, I will.
 

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