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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by smoon, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. smoon

    smoon Chirping

    Apr 27, 2016
    I am currently raising my very first group of mostly "barnyard mixed" chickens and they are 16 weeks old. There are 11 pullets and 1 surprise silkie cockerel that recently started crowing. He is very sweet and cuddly and causes no problems in the coop so far (they are confined to a coop and run most of the time). I said I would get rid of any roosters but of course I am attached to him now! My question is: if I keep him, will he cause my hens' feathers to fall out when mating or otherwise hurt them? I don't want my hens to have bare backs or injuries from him. Just wondering if this is "always" the case when there is a rooster in the group. I just want them to be happy! But I also like this cuddly little guy and he gets along with the girls very well!

    Last edited: Jun 25, 2016

  2. SueT

    SueT Crowing

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    Are the pullets larger breed than your Silkie rooster?
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Not every rooster will be hard on hens. Some are very gentle, some are down right violent. You'll just have to wait and see.
  4. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Songster

    [​IMG]11 pullets to one roo is perfect.
    And you're not the only one with a "surprise" cockerel, LOL! I feel you!
    I am very attached to my little Rocky!
    I talk to him every day and tell him to be a good boy. My hubby thinks I'm a half a bubble off plumb, ha ha!
    Hope all works out for you!
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  5. NataleeL

    NataleeL Chirping

    Jun 23, 2016
    I am in the same position right now. 5 pullets and one suprise roo. I'd like to keep him but am trying to consider all things before I decide. I'm going to follow the answers you get.
  6. smoon

    smoon Chirping

    Apr 27, 2016

    Yes the pullets are are New Hampshire reds, EE's and barred rocks. The rooster is definitely the smallest and wimpiest in the group!
  7. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

    Sep 2, 2014
    Canton, Ohio
    This beautiful 14 week old rooster had to go bye bye this morning for a freezer camping trip. I am not allowed to have roosters, for some reason he came from a sexed pullet group I raised since day 2. He started crowing @11 wks and been trying to breed with my 19 wk olds. Pretty sad [​IMG] He had to go. Since he protected them from my 2 year olds and 1 yr olds layers from being bullied.


    Last edited: Jun 26, 2016

  8. Ringbauer Roost

    Ringbauer Roost In the Brooder

    Feb 6, 2014
    Western Nebraska
    We just had to cull our rooster today. After several attempts at breaking him of the 'attacking me' habit. My girls are used to him running the coop. I'm kinda wondering how they will adjust. Assuming my dominant hen will take over. ?
  9. dlp40

    dlp40 Chirping

    Dec 1, 2015
    Florence sc
    I would say keep the little guy if you like him. With all the big girls in there he should not cause an issue with feathers. My sikies rooster was in with 8 sikies girls and never caused a feather issue.
    Good luck

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