Rooster Or No Rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Palmetto, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Palmetto

    Palmetto New Egg

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    We are starting a small coop of egg layers for personal use. What role if any does a rooster play if we are not interested in raising baby chicks at the present?
     
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    A rooster just fertilizes the eggs. If your not wanting to hatch and eggs, then no rooster needed. [​IMG]
     
  3. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    I would not have a rooster if you aren't interested in fertile eggs. He will harass the hens and pull out their feathers, etc. while mating. I'm sure they will be more content and settled without a rooster in their midst.
     
  4. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Absolutely nothing...if you just want eggs, then don't get a rooster. But if you want eggs and babies, then get one. I have a rooster just for the fact that I like having the option of eating or incubating.[​IMG]
     
  5. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    If you are going to let them free range a rooster is good to have around so he can warn the girls that danger is around. And also like the others say if you have a roo you have an options to incubate or eat [​IMG]
     
  6. swampwander

    swampwander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed - depends on what you're looking for. it also depends on where you live. My neighbors are good about my hens, but won't tolerate a rooster crowing.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:If you intend to free range your chickens, a rooster can be the best investment you ever make. BAR NONE.
    I love my girls, but I love my rooster for keeping the girls safe, showing them where to find food, keeping things running smooth, i.e., breaking up fights amongst the girls....I LOVE MY ROOSTER!
     
  8. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I love my roosters! Naughty or nice..love them anyway! [​IMG]
     
  9. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One other thing to consider is how many hens you're planning to have. If it's fewer than around 8 (different people will say slightly different numbers), the individual hens will be mated too much and may lose feathers, become injured, or spend a lot of time running from the rooster.
     
  10. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
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    Quote:same here.
     

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