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Re-homing one of my roos tomorrow - a bit indecisive

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rainierlass, May 22, 2010.

  1. rainierlass

    rainierlass Songster

    Jan 1, 2010
    I should say a WHOLE LOT indecisive - - here is the background - maybe someone can help me decide......

    I have 2 BLRW roos - they are 14 weeks old........I have 9 chicks total - all the same age -

    6 of them I got via Privett hatchery(various breeds - mostly Wy's)......the other 3 all BLRW's I bought from a local breeder so they
    were straight run.....one splash the other 2 blues.......

    Well the blues ended up roos.........and absolutely identical altho one is a bit larger and his saddle feathers
    have grown in faster - that is the only way I can tell them apart......while they were small chicks I always called
    the smaller one henny-penny due to the fact the sky was falling continually for this little one - was always in
    the other chicks faces - worry worry worry! Was so so cute!

    Fast forward to 14 weeks - the larger one is the bolder - brattier - flies at the pullets when they find something good to eat to steal it away- - also the most 'on alert' of the two - when he sees a bird overhead he stretches wayyyyyyy up to see ......

    On the other hand the smaller one is most always seen with the hens - laying down with one or two of them - roosting with them - they seem to really like him altho they are seen snuggling up to the other as well....... he does have his roo moments out in the run - - flapping around and being silly - they both do!

    I have always known I was going to find a 'forever' home for one - and the other day was at the feedstore saying I was going to need
    a home for a roo - hopefully not a fry pan as they are so dang pretty - the one gal said 'Oh? What breed is it?" When I told her BLRW she immediately picked up the phone and called her MIL - come to find out she had ordered 10 BLRW's straight run hoping to get at least one roo - well she didn't believe it or not and really wants mine - - her pullets are the same age..........

    so the big question..........which one do I get rid of?

    Neither one of them is particularly friendly to me as I have not pushed the issue - just really wanted them to be roos and do their job of watching over the girls - I know they are young yet - - but thought by rehoming one now would be a good idea before any trouble starts between them - plus do to the fact they are young yet - might be easier for them in a new home to adjust etc.........I have asked this question in chat a couple of times but everyone usually says - -

    1. The friendly one - - both the same in that dept
    2. The prettiest one - - IDENTICAL!!! I mean right down to the lacing on the feathers - - NO difference

    The gal is coming tomorrow afternoon and I have absolutely no decision made one way or the other - -

    PLEASE HELP me decide!

    Here is a pic of the larger one - he is not allllllllll that much bigger - just a tad.......the other looks as I said - the SAME!
    I think they are gorgeous![​IMG]

  2. Dorte

    Dorte Songster

    Apr 27, 2010
    I would let her decide. I always had a hard time choosing between animals (sometimes I feel it is like choosing between your kids), I feel like I am letting down the one I don't pick. Therefore I'd feel a lot less guilty about letting her do the choosing. Just me, I know it is silly [​IMG]

    If she doesn't want to pick one either then [​IMG]

    Glad you found a home for him though, it would be much tougher if one was going to the frying pan!
  3. MikasGirl

    MikasGirl Songster

    Apr 17, 2009
    Coos Bay, OR
    Personally, I'd keep the friendlier one to myself. After all will the hens have a better life with a roo who helps them find food or with one who steals their food? That is just my opinion though. Good luck! Gorgeous birdie!
  4. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Songster

    Quote:I agree Luckily I received a roo that was #2 in his first flock; experience shows this roo has become quite the considerate fellow. He won't eat untill the hens & chicks have eaten. Your #2 roo migh change his ways once he's re-homed & becomes "the big roo".
    Last edited: May 23, 2010
  5. rainierlass

    rainierlass Songster

    Jan 1, 2010
    Thanks for the replies.........I think I will keep what I think to be the #2 roo - and hope he becomes the protector of the flock...maybe with the Alpha one gone that will happen! Plus I think the girls like him a tad more [​IMG]
  6. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Songster

    May 9, 2008
    Yep, I would keep Henny Penny. If they are basically the same in other ways I would keep the one that the hens seem to like the most. Good luck in your decision [​IMG]
  7. Such a handsome lad...wish I had been the lucky one to receive either one! [​IMG]

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