only keeping one rooster...how do you choose?

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  1. AmpersatChick

    AmpersatChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of our 11 first ever chicks, 2 turned out to be roosters. We are allowed to keep whatever we want but only want to keep one. So far both are healthy and nice to us and our kids, not too aggressive. There is a clear leader out of the two. Just wondering if there are any tips for choosing a keeper? Our intention is to send one to freezer camp and keep one to hatch chicks one day if that helps as far as tips go. Thanks!

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  2. SA Farm

    SA Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Personally, I go with coloring and personality. If you like them both, I would go with the one who shows the best rooster skills: keeping the hens together, warning of danger, letting them know where the food is, etc.
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  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I would use the following criteria:

    1. Aggression. Don't keep an aggressive roo. That includes cockerels that come up to you and demand to be petted--that's basically aggression.

    2. Personality. Is he good to the hens? Does he dance for them, or just grab them by the head and mate them? Remember, though, any cockerel will be clumsy at mating at first and may not always dance until he gets older.

    3. Adherence to type. Look up the Standard of Perfection of the breed. See how closely they adhere.

    4. Looks. Pretty is as pretty does, but looks are very important in a rooster in my book. Since he's not making eggs, he has to at least be eye candy.

    5. What does your gut say? Listen to it.

    If possible, keep both until they are at least 20+ weeks old so you'll know a little bit about their adult personality. Good luck choosing!
     
  4. AmpersatChick

    AmpersatChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both, that is exactly the kind of information I was looking for! Very helpful!
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

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    The reasons I would choose a good rooster would be:
    1. Personality-you don't want to end up with a mean aggressive rooster.
    2. Protecting the hens- make sure your roo is protective over the hens, but now aggressive to you.
    3. Looks- Which you think looks the prettiest and most stylish.
     
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    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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