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ericschickens

In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 5, 2013
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My dad thinks, that if I get hens I HAVE to get a rooster! But I live in L.A. Which lets me a have A rooster! But I only wants hens! What's so bad about only having hens! He thinks they'll be bored! But I want a flock (6) for eggs and pets! Not chicks :/
 

SA Farm

Crowing
8 Years
Mar 11, 2013
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There's really no need for a rooster if all you want is to eat eggs. There are pros and cons to having a rooster, but if you don't want one, you certainly don't have to have one for your hens to be happy.
 

donrae

Hopelessly Addicted
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9 Years
Jun 18, 2010
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Trust me, they won't be bored! Hens live just fine in an all female flock, and for new chicken owners a rooster isn't always a good thing. Get your hens, give your dad some eggs and do what you want.
 

bugglesmommy

Songster
6 Years
Feb 2, 2013
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Leesville, Louisiana
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Hens don't mind if there is no rooster. It is not at all an annoyance to NOT be pestered by a sex crazed male all day long. Especially vigorous roosters will tear a hens back bald with his...... endeavors. They will lay just fine without one, and fertilized and unfertilized eggs are nutritionally the same. A rooster is only NEEDED if you want your eggs fertile for hatching. They are good flock protectors, but a vigilant owner doesn't need one. Roosters can also become aggressive and dangerous, not always, but they are often not well suited for being a pet like a hen.
 

phalenbeck

Songster
11 Years
Aug 14, 2008
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I agree with former posts, and add that 6 hens is likely not enough for a active Roo. I have processed roos that were overmating 10-12 hens. About 2/3 of my roos get a ticket to freezer camp for bad behavour to the girls, or me, or too much noise.
 

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