That would be the Best Rooster to Keep

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MayberrySaint, Mar 15, 2007.

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  1. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    I am receiving my first group of chicks from MM next week and have a question for my fellow poultry lovers.
    With sexing errors, I 'm sure that I may receive one to several roosters. If I want to keep one to possibly use to raise chicks in the future, what breed would you keep from the following:
    Light Brahma, Australorp, S-L Wyandotte, Buff Orpington?

    The hens will be the same sexes as above, so I will end up with 25% purebreeds regardless of what rooster I keep, but the crossbreeds should be sired by what rooster?

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Depends somewhat on the personality and quality of the rooster himself. Of those breeds, I'd say Buff Orpington. Usually, they are good tempered. The Brahmas are also sweeties usually, but can be a bit large for the other hens, in my opinion. I could be off on that point, but Brahma roos are humongous!
  3. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    Speckled makes a good point on the Brahma, I would look on and pick either the Buff Orph or the Wyandotte, whichever one I thought looked the best.

    Oh by the way I have purchased 30 pullets before and recieved 0 roos, so you may not get any.
  4. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    If your intent is to get some purebred chicks choose the nicest looking rooster but if you just want one as a pet I would choose the lightest one so your hens don't get abused too much. The light brahma and australorp will be very large and the S-L wyandotte, orpington will be a little smaller.
  5. mychookschick

    mychookschick Songster

    Aug 28, 2009
    Totally keep the Silver Laced Wyandotte!!! Yea!!! I don't have any personally but have read the whole Official Wyandotte thread and people Have wyandotte roos that snuggle!
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Guys, this thread is over 3 years old. [​IMG]
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