Rooster questions

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jerseyjack, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Jerseyjack

    Jerseyjack Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 14 rir hens, they are 11 weeks old. These are my first birds, all happy and healthy. I am thinking about adding a rooster to the flock, should the roo also be a rir? Should I get a roo about the same age or does age not matter? What are the downsides of having a roo, besides the cockadoodle doin? Thanks
     
  2. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don'y have to have the same breed. and age all depends on if your birds are sexually mature. 11 weeks is a little earley for a adult rooster. I would wait until the hens start laying to add a adult rooster, But If I were you I would suggest possibly a younger rooster around there age.

    By the way I wouldent suggest a RIR for you first rooster, they are known for being agressive, but there are some nice RIRs out there.
     
  3. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    search craigslist people have roosters on there all the time.

    cons of a rooster
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    1. can be agressive toward humans
    2.agressive toward the hens
    3.loud
    4.thinks it owns the coop
    5.can give hens missing feathers while mating

    if you get a rooster that is like number 1. and 2. GET RID OF HIM



    Pros
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    fertile eggs
    protection for the hens
    makes the eggs more heathy(fertile eggs)
    some pick hens treats
    if you like crowing ( I DO)
    and more...
     
  4. JPHorvath

    JPHorvath Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Roosters may crow, but in my opinion several hens cackling in the hen house is just as noisy as a rooster crowing. It would be helpful to find any gentle rooster not necessary RIR unless you plan on breeding for purely that specific breed. A young cockerel will be at age to breed in about 6 months depending on breed. Keep in mind one rooster for 14 hens is a good ratio. Also juvenile cockerel can tend to be a little rambunctious until they get settled and bit more mature.

    We have several roosters all that remain with us are gentle and safe around my 4 year old son. If they are aggressive they end up in the freezer.
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2011
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    It's an old wive's tail that fertilized eggs are more healthy, fyi.

    If you ever free range your birds....get a roo. If not...no need, unless you're planning on hatching some chicks. IMO, that's the long & short of it. If you do not free range & don't plan to hatch, it's basically another mouth to feed. JMO!!!
     
  6. JPHorvath

    JPHorvath Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Correct we had at one time 2 RIR Cockerels they can be agressive, they made wonderful soup. [​IMG]
     
  7. Jerseyjack

    Jerseyjack Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies! My birds are free ranging, is there a specific breed known for being "less" aggressive or is it basically luck of the draw?
     
  8. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe a Cochin? They seem to be pretty laid back.
     
  9. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    EEs, ive never had a problem.

    The problem roosters for me are, red sexlinks, barred rock, RIR.
     
  10. Jerseyjack

    Jerseyjack Out Of The Brooder

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    Any opinions on a hamburg rooster, free on craigslist 6 weeks old. Since the hens are older, would that help in introducing a roo to the flock?
     

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