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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mikenjenn, Feb 3, 2016.
The one in your pic is a mixed breed rooster. I would keep the rooster that has the best temperament as you don't want to breed aggression into your flock.
depends on there temperament if they both have excellent temperaments you might be able to keep both
Why are you keeping a rooster?
That determines a lot of which rooster to keep.
And does the person who told you that you need to get rid of a rooster have any one in mind? Or do they simply feel it is not a good idea to keep beyond "x" amount of roosters.
I agree with the others, temperament is always a priority. Never keep a rooster that is mean or aggressive.
Next look to health. Do not keep a bird that has health issues or may have.
Then will the bird do the job you want done? Is he to be a flock protector? Or to breed certain qualities?
If breeding, choose the best stock to further your goals that has good health and temperament.
If protection, choose the best bird who takes care of his girls but still recognizes humans as non-threats.
Keeping two roos also depends on how may hens you have. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As their hormones kick in, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens, over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. With very gentle roosters the number of hens per rooster can be dropped slightly but I wouldn't advise dropping it below 8 hens. The only reason you really need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-15 hens in that regard.
Most roosters aren't very good protection for their flock. First predator will take them out, so no help for the girls. The best a rooster can do is sound the alarm early enough for the girls to run and hide. A lot of folks go rooster-less unless they need fertile eggs or hatching or sale.
I agree totally! My alpha hen does a pretty good job at alarm sounding. I am now roosterless and a lot happier for it!
Thank you.....I'm certain I'll have many more questions, I'm just learning about all of this.