Out with the old, in with the new?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gabe1867, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. gabe1867

    gabe1867 New Egg

    Aug 20, 2016
    Hey everyone, new to this forum thing but have been raising the backyard chickens for a couple years now. The issue I'm having is with the chicks I hatched in May. Out of nine of them five are Roos and now at least one of them is trying to mate with my older hens. I'd like your opinion on whether or not I should slaughter our older rooster (2 yrs), who is fantastic with our hens and decide on a new rooster to take over or keep him and slaughter/sell off the others?
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    Well that's a hard one to awnser
    I think you should keep the one that you think is the best rooster
    Eg. Looks after the hens and keeps them safe
    And which rooster you prefer the look of
  3. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2015
    Nor Cal
    I would guess chances are 50/50 that the new cocktail won't take so nicely to you and the flock. Plus being younger he may run the girls to much for a while. I've seen suggestions for a Batchelor pad, maybe keeping 1 or 2 separate from the girls as a back up, or to wait and see their personality first especially if there is one you really like the color. But personally, unless you want a backup incase of misfortune I'd stick with the older for now, why cause confusion in the flock when they won't miss the little boys near as much as they would the leader
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I'd rather eat young birds than old birds.

    I like the status quo, also. Unless there's some burning reason you want to change things, butcher the young guys.
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  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! Depending on the size of your flock, and space available, keeping one of the youngsters as 'backup' might be a good idea. The two boys may get along fine, or not. Mary
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Ditto Dat^^^^

    If the older cock is a good bird, I'd keep him for at least another year maybe 2 more years.
    Depends on your breeding goals. If self-perpetuating your flock, a new cock every 2-3-4 years is a good thing to do.

    I'm with donrae, butcher extra cockerels young....I like to grill them up at 13-16 weeks before they start causing trouble.

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