Roosters necessary?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ikatiemay, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. ikatiemay

    ikatiemay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ISeem to have rooster issues. My girls are almost bald, backs heads and necks! All I can think of is rooster damage. I don't think we have bugs. I do free range some when weather permits. My question is do the girls need a roo for protection from preditors?
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    A rooster can't take on a raccoon or a coyote and win - the best he can do is be alert to the dangers and warn the girls to hide. A good lead hen can do the same. So no, you don't need a rooster, and your girls may get more peace without him, by the sounds of things.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    X 2 The primary protection a rooster provides is as a warning system. A good rooster is a joy to have - an overly aggressive obnoxious rooster is disliked by hens and owners.
     
  4. jlovelady

    jlovelady Out Of The Brooder

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    If you are worried about your hens having an alarm you could always get a few guineas.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How many roos and hens do you have, and how much space is there? If they're mostly penned, as it sounds, I'd closely examine my ratio and cull roos as needed.
     
  6. ikatiemay

    ikatiemay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know I have too many Roos, 2 and I'm down to 11 hens. I have a wonderful 3 year old black Australop that just got an eye injury and is blind in his eye. He is the friendliest and loves to be held. Also an americana, not aggressive but I think he is on the girls a lot. They are in the coop 10x10 with a 10x14 covered yard, because of the snow they can't free range. I guess I should cull both Roos? I will be getting chicks this spring to replace some of the 3 yr old girls that don't lay anymore. This is a part of chicken keeping I didnt anticapate! Do most people cull and replace?
     
  7. DCasper

    DCasper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A rooster is only necessary if you want chicks. If you don't mind replacing your hens rather than breeding your own, you can get by without a rooster. Personally I prefer a rooster for every five hens since they are a good alarm, and I prefer the taste of fertilized eggs. And raising chickens is just plain fun and a healthy hobby. Good luck...
     
  8. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A good roo will find food for his girls, alarm them of danger, ferilize the eggs, help control the flock & crow alot.
     
  9. fc

    fc Out Of The Brooder

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    Off topic a bit, but my wife and I notice the roosters forgo the best treats and let the hens eat them. Nice of the gentlemen, huh?
     
  10. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    I get rid of roos after the first crow and my girls do just fine. They thrive! A lead bird always emerges and I get lots of passive squatters to handle easily. Most predators in my area are nocturnal so I don't need a roo to warn them.
     

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