roosters protecting hens

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  1. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do roosters commonly protect hens from predators such as possums raccoons some dogs? If so what breeds of roosters are best. I really need one that is colorful and friendly but still protective of the hens. Any help is appreciated
     
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A good one will try, but mostly they keep a look out and give a warning. A rooster is still just a chicken and no match for a chicken eating predator. A secure coop and run is the best thing to protect your flock.
     
  3. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my coop and run is very secure with chicken wire on top to keep out hawks my only concern is dogs digging underneath the bottom chicken wire and getting in there. Is there a friendly colorful yet protective rooster out there?
     
  4. ChickGirl6

    ChickGirl6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where are you from? I have some EE roosters that need new homes.
     
  5. chris deiss

    chris deiss Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an Ancona that I bought because its supposed to be very alert and active. He {Louigi} is supposed to be an excellent bird if you have a lot of predators in your area . We have a large redtailed hawk and owl problem I lost 9 birds in 4 days also coons and fox and coyotes but my dogs help eith them . They are pretty cool looking but mainly black with white specks. Hope this helps
     
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's more of an individual thing then a breed thing. I really like all my roos--EE, SLW, and the super sweet EE/BO. A 2' hardware cloth apron along the outside of the run works well to keep the diggers out.
     
  7. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i live in south georgia and i have 1 auracana hen so another auracana rooster would be great!
     
  8. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have actually thought about putting the wire on it like u said kittymomma. Are black australorps generally a good bird to consider as a protective rooster?
     
  9. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've heard good things about them, but the only BA's I have are hens so I don't have any personal experience with BA roos.
     
  10. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A rooster can only protect a hen from a dog by sacrificing it's own life...unless it's a chihuahua! Get the wire and put it down to protect your hens! Then get the rooster for fun and to look at!
     

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