Roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Carol Rider, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. Carol Rider

    Carol Rider Out Of The Brooder

    Hello again.
    When I get my chickens, I will not be getting Roosters, at least not yet.
    I want eighteen Rhode Island Red Hens, and I want one Rhode Island Red Rooster, but I also want one that is from another breed, one that once crossed with a Rhode Island Red Hen will make a better bird.
    I'm looking for Quality here, not Quantity.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  4. Carol Rider

    Carol Rider Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you. :)
    Can you answer my question?
    I would really like to know this before I start.
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2013
  5. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred Plymouth Rocks are crossed with RIRs that go into a lot of production breeds, although it is the RIR rooster and the BPR hens combo rather then the other way. It should work with a RIR hen and a BPR, the chicks just won't be sex links.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    What's your definition of a "better bird"? A better layer? Better meat production? Prettier/more colorful?

    This would help us know where to guide you.
     
  7. Carol Rider

    Carol Rider Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you, will keep this in mind.
     
  8. Carol Rider

    Carol Rider Out Of The Brooder

    I'm sorry, I should have realized.
    I just meant better in a general, all around way, perhaps in temperament and egg laying, plus broody, as I'm looking for quality, not quantity.
     

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