Should I have a roo and if I do which breed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LlamaChick, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. LlamaChick

    LlamaChick In the Brooder

    Dec 1, 2008
    Llama Country
    I am plan on having Brahma, Salmon Favarolle, Orphington, Silkie, Red-Sex link, and true Ameraucana. I am wondering if I should have a roo and which breed would be friendliest. I don't want a mean roo and I can't talk myself into having freezer animals. I read somewhere that fertelized eggs are more nutritional than non-fertelized eggs? So should I just have hens or should I have a roo too?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If you have the room and it's not against the law and you can take the noise; Get a roo.

    Our neighbor to the southwest has a beautiful Golden Phoenix... I want to borrow him.

    I can't vouch for them being more nutritional.[​IMG]
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    The only difference between a fertilized and non-fertile egg is a single cell. No nutritional difference.
  4. andorraclaim

    andorraclaim Songster

    Nov 28, 2008
    East Austin, Texas
    Silkie Roo's are usually the tamest guys you can find but it all depends on the amount of quality human interaction they had growing up. Get a chick and raise him to be your little man! There is no difference in the eggs.
  5. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:If you are planning on having the hens hatch some of thier eggs then get a rooster, if not roosters are just a headacke.

  6. mlmadura

    mlmadura Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Our neighbor to the southwest has a beautiful Golden Phoenix... I want to borrow him

    I have a Golden Phoenix pullet and she is a doll.

    But... I would only have a roo if you want chicks [​IMG]
  7. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    As much as I LOVE my roos... even the Silkie that keeps trying to flog my toddler.... I agree that unless you are wanting to breed them, don't get a roo. There is ZERO guarantee that ant breed of roo will be mild and good with people..... ANY roo CAN turn into a great flock protector, but a badly behaved boy as far as you're concerned [​IMG] So my opinion is that if you don;t have a reason to have one other than just to have one... why bother. But, that being said...... I also love my roos and I would miss the sounds of their crows if they were ever not there! [​IMG] I can't imagine NOT having roos..... just remember that they are what they are, and most will do their job to their fullest extent...... and sometimes this is undesirable for the human.
  8. iajewel

    iajewel Songster

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    If you have that many hens, you will need more than one rooster. Figure one roo for every 6 hens. That brings you to cock fights in the back yard.. (unless your roos are prejudice to thier breed) and many crowing roosters in the morning.
  9. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Oh definately get a rooster, or two or three. An orpington would be a good choice, or an Ameraucana, maybe both? [​IMG]
  10. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I like having roosters with my laying hens because in my opinion it helps make for a more balanced chicken society. Roosters are also good for flock protection, they watch out for predators and signal warnings when they see any. I don't know if fertile eggs are any better nutritionally, but they're the only ones that will hatch [​IMG] Part of our fun in keeping chickens has been watching the hens raise clutches of chicks.

    Some folks can't stand hearing roosters crowing, especially those of their neighbors. Be sure you & your neighbors are tolerant. As far as temperment, I think some is due to nature, some from nurture. Some breeds tend to be more docile than others, but then individual birds can depart from the norm. You can raise some roos from day-old chicks and handle them every day and they still will grow up wary & aggressive. Others will be sweethearts no matter what you do to them.

    There are lots of nice mannerly roosters around, give one a try! But do have a back-up plan for him in case he begins to misbehave, and try the next one. Let us know what you decide!

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