Should I get a a rooster and if I should what are some good breeds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickyfuzz, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. chickyfuzz

    chickyfuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to breed my chicken's but my mum is not on board I know where I can get one so can I get some advice to or to not get a rooster.
     
  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm afraid you are fighting a loosing battle if your mum doesn't want one. She would have the last say I imagine.

    Is it the rooster or the hatching she isn't on board with? If its just the rooster you could always buy fertile eggs to hatch so you don't need the rooster. You will need to be prepared to find homes or give to someone to eat any roosters you hatch though.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree with appps- and if you go behind your mom's back that will erode what trust she has in you. It sounds like you already have a number of birds, maybe she feels that is enough to feed, house, etc. unless you are paying for all their maintenance. Chicken feed etc. is not cheap.
     
  4. DallasCriftins

    DallasCriftins Chillin' With My Peeps

    One Rooster and a few hatches later = a freezer full and a lot of noise beforehand ;)
    This is a few from this year I have lots more!

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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Don't get a rooster until you have your own property and make your own decisions. Then you can have a pretty yard like DallasCriftins--love that pic!
     
  6. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want to hatch chicks, as was mentioned, you can buy fertile eggs. You will probably need an incubator unless you have a very reliable broody hen.

    You may ask your mother if she will compromise and allow a rooster to visit for a couple of weeks. I am sure you could find someone who would allow you to feed his or her rooster for a couple of weeks. After a few days with the rooster you could start collecting the fertile eggs. The hens can continue laying fertile eggs for about 2 weeks after the rooster has gone home. You would want to collect eggs say within one week and put them in an incubator or under your broody hen.

    What breed or breeds are your hens? That would help in suggesting breeds of roosters.

    I am just curious, where are you located? I am guessing England, Australia, or New Zealand.
     
  7. chickyfuzz

    chickyfuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Western Australia and my breeds are isa brown and 1 Isa brown cross Sussex as I mentioned the other 15 chickens/poulets are Isa brown.
     
  8. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The ISA Brown was created by a corporation. It is a hybrid of some sort, I do not think it will breed true. That means the offspring will not lay as wells as your ISA Browns.

    Did your mother change her mind about the rooster? What did she think about allowing a rooster to visit for a couple of weeks?

    I would just get a good rooster that you can find in your area. Since you have hybrids, the breed of rooster won't matter much.
     
  9. chickyfuzz

    chickyfuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My mother said "it's a possible solution". thanks for the help chickyfuzz out.
     
  10. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Just remember that bringing in a rooster means exposing your flock to any diseases it may have or be a carrier for. Unless you plan to quarentine it for a month before introducing that is a risky thing to do.

    It will also need time to settle in and could be quite rough with the hens in the short term trying to establish its dominance.

    You didn't answer if you want him because you like roosters or want to breed but I think if the latter you are safer to buy hatching eggs. And who knows maybe mum will fall in love with one of the roosters who are guaranteed to hatch from them while its all cute and fluffy and let you keep it.
     
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