Picking a Rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheRoundPen, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. TheRoundPen

    TheRoundPen Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone, I'm new here :) and I'm hoping that this is in the right place.

    I am going to be buying some chicks from Meyer Hatchery soon and had a question of picking out a rooster. Last November I got a Barred Rock rooster who attacked me last Sunday. I decided that he would be dinner because I can't keep a rooster who is going to attack, but before I could my dog got him.

    Anyways, we've had a Black Langshan rooster who was awesome. Never once did he offer to attack and we could pick him up without a problem. I have no problem getting on of these when I order my chicks, but I was wondering about the Jersey Giant temperament is. If they aren't really aggressive and have a similar demeanor like the Langshan I would like to get it instead.
    Thanks :)
     
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi & [​IMG]. I can't help with Jersey Giants temperment. I have two really nice BR that are even good when my young grand-daughter is hand feeding them with their hens so, you never know. I think you need to keep a eye on all intact male animals. Hope you pick a nice roo.
     
  3. TheRoundPen

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    Thanks FGE. I know it will depend on the roo it self, but I've had bad luck with the smaller ones and I was hoping the BR would be good. My 8yr old got attacked by a roo when she was two and I don't want to have one attack my 4yr old now. So I'm just trying to do my research and find a mellower one.
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Jersey Giants are loves, I don't think you'll be sorry at selecting that breed for your rooster.
     
  5. If I were you I would get a cochin rooster they are super freindly!
     
  6. TheRoundPen

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    Thanks guys. I just want to make sure I do some research.
     
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Check out Henderson's Handy Dandy Chicken Chart at www.Ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    I find it very useful when I get the Want More Chickens bug; I prefer to have half an idea about how well a breed might fit in with my varied, mixed, eclectic flock.
     
  8. TheRoundPen

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    Thanks gryeyes! I think I have officially decided on what I'll be getting hen and rooster wise. That website is cool :)
     
  9. heybarb

    heybarb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What did you decide for a rooster? We had an aggressive Americauna rooster that we sold for $5 on Thursday. Today we lost our first hen to a predator...I'm definitely 2nd guessing our decision to get rid of him!! So I am curious which breed you picked. We've got a mix of 3 Old English bantams and 3 full size hens a White Leghorn, Tetra Tint & a Buff Orpington. I guess I'm in the market for another rooster - one that doesn't attack me or the kids!!
     
  10. TheRoundPen

    TheRoundPen Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm going to try the Jersey Giant for the rooster and I'm going to do the New Hampshire for the hens. We have a mix of hens currently, 3 buff orpintons, 4 ees, 1 red star, 1 black star, and then 2 that I don't know the breed of. I had the BR rooster along with another buff orpington hen that got killed by the dog last week. I want to get about 14 more hens as all but 4 of my current ones are older and have pretty much stopped laying.
     

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