Should I keep a roo?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by my first peepers, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. my first peepers

    my first peepers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    South Western VT
    Well after searching for a home for just one roo, two have come up this week. I was going to keep one roo for the winter to help keep the coop warm...I have 5 girls (all EEs) and a small coop. Originally I didn't plan to have roos but we got two by mistake from the feed store. The one we were going to keep survived surgery at 4 weeks old (thanks to a very generous local vet & when we thought he was a she) so my daughter is very attached to him. So far at 3 1/2 months he is very mellow and lets my daughter pick him up and carry him around. I free range in my yard but only when I'm home.
    My question it worth keeping a roo? Is it inevitable that he will turn on us? Will 5 girls be warm enough in a cold VT winter? My DH wants to get rid of the roo in the spring because he doesn't like the crowing and is worried about offending the neighbors.
    Okay, so that was more than one question but I am so torn about breaking my daughter's heart now or later.
    Any advice would be appreciated!
  2. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dont you want a roo for added protection from predators for your hens? That is why I got Roo...not only as a companion for Chickie, but for protection.
  3. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Not all roo's will get aggressive... some don't get aggressive enough!?
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Since my chickens free-range all day long I wouldn't think of being without a roo. Sure my roos couldn't protect the hens if it were a large predator, such as a stray dog or coyote after them, but they're real good about giving early warning.
    I love both my roos. Not all roos turn mean.
  5. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Try keeping a roo if at all possible. I love my roo, even though I never meant to have one (out of 4 chicks, three were cockerels). He is so big and full of personality--I was just explaining to my husband how he has so many different noises. (More info than he wanted to hear). Right now I am building a new day run and moving the coop to get it away from the one neighbor's bedroom window. The other neighbor is almost deaf and across the street they like roosters, so I should be okay. Talk to all your neighbors and make sure you don't have an uphill battle. Check the local laws. If his personality changes for the worse, or he becomes obnoxiously noisy, it won't be so hard to part with him.
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    We have our roo just to keep the girls the way they think they should be. He is a mellow dude too.
  7. Jashdon

    Jashdon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    Snohomish, WA
    I really like having roosters around. We have a Barred Rock rooster and a Marans rooster and they are both mellow and beautiful. Its fun to watch them too, they seem to have more personality and quirky behaviours than the hens. It also makes the flock seem like more of a complete unit but that is just my feeling. It seems like there are a lot of chicken people that only have hens and are fine with that.
  8. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    I love all my chickens, but there is definitely something special about the roos... I have 4 (yes, I know, too many for my 19 chicken hens and 2 guinea hens, but I cannot/will not cull (definitely not by death) them just because they are roos), and they are delightful. Each has a very distinct personality, and they are great for watching over the girls as they go about their chickie business of looking for bugs, grass seed, etc., and leave it up to the guys to make sure they're safe. Aside from the occasional dust-up and pecking order jostling, they all get along well and there are none who are overly aggressive. They do crow all day but it doesn't bother me or my neighbors in the least. I am thankful for my guys! [​IMG]

    eta the roos are: RIR, (HUGE dude named Sarge), SLW Rocky, BR Brooster, and BO Moose
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
  9. my first peepers

    my first peepers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    South Western VT
    Thanks for all of your opinions! I do like having him around...and it seems that fate decided for me because the person who was supposed to take one changed her mind.[​IMG]
    I just hope that my slw "pullet" is what it's supposed to be!

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