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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickanddoglvr, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. chickanddoglvr

    chickanddoglvr In the Brooder

    Oct 7, 2010
    Cincinnati Oh
    My dad's friend has chickens and he had a rooster that everyone hated. I have herd that all chickens are not like that. I was wonder what are upsides and downsides to getting a rooster. Do they protect the flock or not? anything else would be great.

  2. Robo

    Robo Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    Some roosters are mean, while most are friendly. I have yet to see a mean buff orpington rooster. Mine would come up to me to be petted.
  3. Jessiewoodard57

    Jessiewoodard57 Songster

    Jun 2, 2010
    Bushnell, FL.
    Our RIR hens where mean as a snake to each other and my EEs so we put them by themselves and the bickering continued then I bought a large RIR roo from a friend and that calmed them down. We had tried a few of our roos but they would beet them up. The nice part is I will be able to set thier eggs now instead of having to buy eggs.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2010
  4. bunnibird55

    bunnibird55 Songster

    Oct 13, 2009
    NW Ohio
    I love my NH roo's - King Strut, and his sons Ike and Mike! Strut is a perfect gentleman with the girls and takes great care of them and is very nice to us humans. Only once did he try to challenge me and I followed some advice I found on BYC and made him back down. Perfect since then! Ike and Mike are a bit young yet and get a little rowdy with the girls, but it appears they are learning a lot from dad! For one thing, they are NOT to touch his special girls! They are also very nice to humans - they are 8 months old and have never made one nasty move to us. Mike is my special buddy and just loves to be held and carried all around the farm!!!! I have some Banty Buff Cochin roo's that are not very polite to their ladies yet but they would never take on the big old mean human hen!!!

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