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So, if I get a roo...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sleepy71, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Sleepy71

    Sleepy71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    I've been reading the forums about the usefulness Roosters bring to a flock. It has made me think real hard about adding one to my 6-hen flock. But, I am not ready for babies. We got the hens for eggs, not for babies. If I were to get a rooster, is he gonna be all over each of my hens, trying to fertilize them? And, if so, can I simply remove the eggs before they get incubated by the hens, and subsequently prevent the egg from developing? Sorry for the dumb questions, but I'm still very new at all this. What an addicting hobby! LOL
     
  2. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    The roo will probably pick his favorites and maybe make them bald on their backs. 6 hens are not much for a roo! If you are happy with your hens as they are there really is no need for a roo. If you free-range then he can maybe help keep them safe...I have several roos in my flock and I can honestly say that they are more interested in copulating that protecting! Maybe it is different if there is a small group of hens and one roo...I have no idea. (I love my roos for their beauty..but that is about it!) Good luck on your decision! Terri O
    ETA: Yes, you can pick up the eggs each day and will have no babies developing!
     
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  3. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, Sleepy71! Yes, if you get a rooster he will most likely mate with each of your hens, although he may have a favorite that he mates with more than the others. If you don't want to hatch any chicks, simply collect your eggs each day and they will not have a chance to develop. You can use them the same as you do your unfertilized ones. Have fun with your chickens.
     
  4. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Sleepy71

    Sleepy71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just what I wanted to hear! Thank you! Now, just need to chat with my neighbor about the potential for a little extra noise from my coop. How far does the crowing sound carry? 100 feet? More? Less?
     
  6. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
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    Collect everyday and put them in the fridge. We have roos and we eat the eggs, I haven't had any yucky surprises when cracking an egg yet. How much land do you have we have 3 acres and our roos don't really seem to bother anyone. You can't hear them inside the house just when you are outside.
     
  7. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    Quote:It really depends on the rooster. My smaller boys tend to have a higher pitched, quieter (not quiet [​IMG] ) crows. My big Orpingtons can shake the windows......of the house a block away. [​IMG] One in particular can be heard several blocks away.
     
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  8. BusyBlonde

    BusyBlonde Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours carries a loooooonnngggg way. Our coop is about 150 ft from our house, and it's easy to hear through our windows at 5 am, with everything closed up tight. Our neighbor, who's probably 300 yards away, can hear them in his house. It is something we've gotten used to (still wakes me up sometimes), and no one has complained - at least to us - yet. We're in an agricultural district, and we don't complain about all their dogs who bark all the freakin' time... (We have a dog, but she only barks to alert us to an issue on our property). 100 feet? They'll hear it. Give them some eggs (we share ours with neighbors) and they may be okay with them.
     
  9. Sleepy71

    Sleepy71 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a deep 1-acre lot, zoned rural residential, as are the properties to the left and right. Behind us is a SFR neighborhood. The closest neighbor is on the left of us and his home is probably 150ft from the coop.
     
  10. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
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    Quote:It really depends on the rooster. My smaller boys tend to have a higher pitched, quieter (not quiet [​IMG] ) crows. My big Orpingtons can shake the windows......of the house a block away. [​IMG] One in particular can be heard several blocks away.

    Now my Bantam boys can be heard all the way down the road where as my Jersey Giant roo has a deeper but lower pitched crow and you cant really hear him.
     

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