Roos question and convincing parents

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MonkeyZero, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Hiya
    I just wanted an answer.
    what are the pros and cons of having a roo in a flock of 2 hens?
    Also, how do I convince my parents to get me one?
     
  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    You can get one for FREE, they look after the hens, they are attractive.....
     
  3. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    I would not recommend having a roo for only two hens. Too much masculine attention for the girls...
     
  4. Megs

    Megs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pros:
    -they look after the hens
    -they are very beautiful (nature generally makes males more attractive, buggers!)
    -they fertilize the eggs (only a pro if you want to hatch eggs i suppose)

    cons:
    -noisy (crowing) so dependant on your location to your coop/neighbors might be an issue
    -as chickenmaven said to much attention paid since so few hens, i have one boy who was only with one hen and he picked the top part of her head bald (hanging on). i have a few trios that are great (no hens missing feathers or anything). so depends on the birds i guess.
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2009
  5. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    what kind of roo would you want?
    i believe breed is needed to give a fair answer
     
  6. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    I have silkies
    And so I will get a silkie roo. The most expensive one around here is a just $20.
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Silkie roos are sweethearts! Yes, you can have one for two girls. He will love and protect them. bring them treats and dance for them. You will adore him!
     
  8. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Now, how do I tell which roo will be nice?
     
  9. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Also, what do I look for in them?
    I know the feed store has extra show silkies for $12.
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Don't count on a chicken from the feedstore as being a show bird. Even if they call it so. You need to look at photos of better quality birds and read the standard to have a fair idea of what you are looking for.

    In general, you want a nice crest, 5 toes per foot, black or slate skin, mulberry to black walnut comb, as much foot feathering as possible, silkie feathering throughout. Wings should be held close to the body, and fairly horizontal. As few hard feathers in the tails, wings and feet as possible. A broad breast, shorter back. Not too long a neck.

    If you are not planning to show him, and he will be free-ranging with his hens and protecting them as a good rooster does, he needs good vision, which often means a smaller crest, or trimmed around his eyes.
     

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