Are roosters as obnoxious as everyone says they are give me the pros and cons of having a rooster ..will they coo all morning long?
Pros - they keep watch on the girls, they are pretty, they give you fertile eggs if you need them
Cons - they are SO loud (don't think cooing think screaming), they can be aggressive (I know this sounds crazy, but it is no joke if/when one comes attacking at you), they can be rough on the hens' feathers when they mate them, the hens do not appear to enjoy being attacked for mating multiple times a day
If you are only getting 4 hens I would definitely not get a rooster. A rooster needs at least 8-10 hens. With only 4 he would wear their back feathers raw.
That's too funny bad roosters taste good okay I'll take that. I'm just wondering what to do what if these new baby chicks font get along with my three month old ducks . Will my ducks try to kill them?Pro: Many will defend your ladies with their lives. They lead the hens to the coop at dusk and alert hens to sources of food during the day. I have noticed that my hens also forage MUCH further with a rooster around so that is nice as well. Bad roosters taste good. Plus, you can get fertile eggs to replace hens/roosters anytime you need!
Cons: They eat but dont lay eggs! Also, once they go bad it really ruins the serenity of your chicken husbandry and you WILL need to get rid of him. (I am currently the owner of a bad production red rooster and have to carry a fishing net with me everywhere I go so I can catch him if he attacks me. Im waiting to cull him until after getting one more batch of sex links from him).
Tip: Stay away from production red roosters- every one I have ever had turned out mean. All of my Delaware roosters, on the other hand, have been sweet and gentle. (Which basically means they stay away from me and give me a wide birth).