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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

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    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]


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  2. Dorte

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    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

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    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

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    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".
     
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  5. rainierlass

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    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

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    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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