Picking a protective roo....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by doubleatraining, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to be picking up 8-12 rooster of various ages to send to rooster camp. I have been letting my 5 laying hens out of the tractor in the yard when I am home. They stay pretty close to the coop when I'm in the house but get pretty brave when me and the dog are outside. The 2 biggest predators I have to worry about are stray dogs and hawks.

    I know it sounds mean but I would like to find a rooster that if there was an attack would end up being the "sacrifice". Out of all the roosters I'm picking up....how do I "test" them to see who would be a good candidate?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Out of all the roosters I'm picking up....how do I "test" them to see who would be a good candidate?

    It's impossible to tell until an actual attack happens, and even then a rooster is not "protection".

    It's just another meal for the predator​
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  3. SarniaTricia

    SarniaTricia Chillin' With My Peeps

    What about:
    Giving each rooster a couple of days with your girls.
    Then Flying a kite in the yard to cast a shaddow.
    See what the Roo does and record.

    The ones that run for the hills, cull
    The ones that protect and herd the girls to safty, get round 2 tests.

    Just a thought.
    Tricia
     
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You might be on to something!! Its definately a win situation I haven't flown a kite for a long time. Good answer!!
     
  5. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great idea! I will see what I get, I'm hopefully going tomorrow.


    Now to just remember how to fly a kite.....
     

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