Roosters - what are the benefits?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Connorrm, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Connorrm

    Connorrm Songster

    Apr 27, 2011
    Capital District, NY
    To a flock? I have a few chicken books here but none really describe it. I know about the obvious fertile egg thing....but in general what are the benefits to them?
  2. Shannon33

    Shannon33 Songster

    Feb 23, 2010
    Eastern Shore, VA
    Well mine acts as a look-out, if he sees something he doesn't like he herds everyone back into the coop. He also finds and feeds treats to the hens and the chicks, really cute.
  3. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Crowing

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    They are nice to look at. The good ones will watch over the hens and call them over to food or warn them of danger. And of course if you want an alarm permanently set for 3:30a.m. there's that too. If nothing else, they taste good, and it's a lot easier to process a mean roo than a sweet hen.
  4. Coopa Cabana

    Coopa Cabana My Coop Runneth Over . . .

    Aug 30, 2009
    My Coop
    My alpha roo is the last one to go back in the coop at night - he always stands outside the coop until everyone else goes in.
  5. AyeUpChuck

    AyeUpChuck Striving for Self-Sufficiency

    Mar 7, 2011
    Beavercreek, OR
    Fertile eggs, can protect their ladies, some are super sweet and friendly and if they're not well......then there's the food aspect! [​IMG]
  6. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Mine acts like a watch dog... not to the hens so much as the whole property. Any time someone pulls in the driveway or approaches the house he'll crow like crazy until I come out to see who's here. [​IMG]
  7. gordonburrito

    gordonburrito Songster

    Apr 4, 2010
    Security can be a pretty big benefit. A single dog ripped through our entire flock once save one pullet. While your hens scatter and hide the rooster can meet the predator and at the very least sacrifice himself for his girls. Kind of sad, but then you don't lose your layers. We can't have roosters due to noise ordinances, but I personally love to hear a rooster crow.....and they're pretty! I personally think Easter egger and Ameracauna roosters are especially gorgeous.
  8. storeman

    storeman In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2011
    Quote:Funny but very true.
  9. Gooter

    Gooter In the Brooder

    Aug 19, 2010
    central VA
    I have 3 roos and I really love them. One I have specifically is super valuable to me... I think he's a sexlink. Not only does he watch over the girls, but he absolutely will not tolerate any fighting, so he keeps peace in the flock. He is really good with his girls - very patient and very gentlemanly with them, and I have noticed that they all stick together better since I put him in with them and they also seem much happier to BE together. Having him in with my girls has completely changed the dynamics of their behavior. They are just more content over all. He's 4 this year and I was really worried when he went lame on me last week...but he's okay now. I hope he will stay with me for several more years, and maybe teach another roo later on how to be just like him!

    My Favorelle roo is basically worthless as a roo other than to fertilize eggs. He's pretty, but he crows a lot and he has no sense about looking after the girls I have with him. I keep him only as a breeder for meat chickens.

    My Serama roo is a pet, and he is my sweetheart.
  10. bakerjw

    bakerjw Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    I love my roos.

    I have 2 Silver Sebright brats but they are adorable.
    and I have 2 big White Rock roos named Kurt and Kyle. When I give their flock treats I start by giving them directly to Kurt (he's the dominant one) and then some to Kyle. They make the treat sound and give them to the hens. It's my way of saying "I'm in charge but you get to do the rooster thing." They don't like being held or petted but they tolerate it.

    Now if any of them turn mean they will go off to freezer camp post haste.

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