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RIR and PBR- Which breed of rooster would you keep?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hollyk, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. hollyk

    hollyk Songster

    Nov 21, 2008
    Canton, Texas
    I have 36 eggs in the bator now due on Jan 27th. I have Plymoth barred rocks and RIR's. I also have one EE who might be a roo. I ordered straight pullets, but this one looks different from the rest and his developing comb is so much brighter. Anyway, I will be keeping 2 roosters. Which breed tends to have the better personalities and is calmer? This will be my first time with a rooster. I have 3 laying hens right now, 12 EE's that are 2 months old. Thanks for the advice:D
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Barred Rocks, hands down! Speckledhen (Cyn) will tell you the same. I've had both and though my RIR roo seemed to be a sweetheart for the longest time, he turned very nasty at 6 months old. If he saw my 3 year old in the yard, he immediately chased her down to flog her. Then he started in on all the older kids. Then I learned that RIR roos are just that way. I'm not saying that there aren't some good ones out there, but I will say they are few and far between!

    As far as the Barred Rocks go, they seem to be pretty mellow natured and nice boys for the most part. Cyn has had several that are just big sweethearts starting with Hawkeye. Then his son Zane, Dutch isn't bad either. Hopefully she'll weigh in on this as well. My BR roo never tried to hurt anyone either. Just a good boy all around!

    Hope this helps some. [​IMG]
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Barred Rock.
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    I agree, Barred Rock [​IMG]
  5. hollyk

    hollyk Songster

    Nov 21, 2008
    Canton, Texas
    Wow, Usually when someone asks a question like this you get a lot of answers. Not today.
    OK, then barred rock it is.[​IMG]
    Thanks for the info. My chickens are free range all day until I shut them in the coop at night. I definately don't want a bird we have to be on the look out for.

    Barred rock in the coop and RIR in the pot!
  6. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Yes, I say barred rocks as well:>)
  7. kjebbie

    kjebbie Hatching

    Feb 2, 2009
    hi, this is my first time posting so i'm not sure i'm in the right place.
    i have been keeping some hens and rooster for almost 2 years now.
    my flock consists of 2 buff orpingtons, 4 rir, and 4 gold comet hens.
    i have one rooster that was given to me by a friend. he is a white leghorn, about 3 yrs old.
    my question is.. should i get a different rooster? if i let a couple of the hens hatch out some chicks this summer, what kind of chickens will i end up with?
    also..i really hate snakes and dread the day i see one in the coop.
    is there anything to keep them away?
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Hi and welcome to BYC.

    You will get more attention to your questions if you will start a new thread with your information.

    Hopping into someone else's thread and taking it over for your use is threadjacking and many folks consider it rude.

    Start a new thread and lots of people will be able to see it and help you.

    Enjoy BYC! We hope to see you around the forums. [​IMG]

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