Should I get a rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LadyWoodsong, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. LadyWoodsong

    LadyWoodsong Songster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Currently I have 15 hens. Twelve are Black Stars and three are bantams.

    I have never had a rooster but have always wanted to have one. I wouldn't be getting one now while going into winter, but perhaps next spring.

    Should I? Or shouldn't I? Why or why not? I've heard of people regretting having a rooster....would like to hear your opinions.

  2. Ed62

    Ed62 Songster

    We have one, about 7 months old now. It's been an experience having him around. Even though he did jump at me, putting a good size scratch on my leg, I think he finally figured out that I'm the boss, and I'm glad we have him. He sure gives us a lot of entertainment, watching some of the things he does. He's so different from the hens.

  3. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    I enjoy my Roos and wouldn't be without them. I have been told by the experts that you do not need Roos to produce eggs, and I believe that in theory. I personally believe that the girls start laying sooner when there is a roo around. That will probably not be your experience with Black Star chickens. They are egg machines! Roos do keep the peace in the coop and they do keep a watchful eye out for predators. We have lots of predatory birds around and it is truly amazing to watch a good roo on sentry duty.

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