Thinking about getting a rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by smalltowngal, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal In the Brooder

    Apr 26, 2010
    Ok, I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right forum but we're thinking about getting a rooster. Right now, we have four golden comments in an 8 x 10 coop and know we'll be adding a couple chickens for the next couple years. I thought having a rooster might help when adding the new girls. We're looking at adopting a 1 year old Americauna who is suppose to be fairly docile. I know we need to ask the owners if he crows all day. Are there any other things we should look out for? Is only having four hens going to cause a problem. The hens should start laying in a couple weeks and I think we might get 3 Americaunas or Easter Eggers this fall. Basically, is there anything we need to know before getting a rooster?
  2. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    Well first off, I hope you get a rooster, mine is the best. [​IMG] Having one rooster and 4 hens might be a recipe for over breeding, but it depends, I know people that have 2 hens and 1 roo and the hens are perfectly fine. I think it's a good idea to get more this fall. And one other thing, for the fist month or so with your new roo, carry a big stick-just in case. [​IMG] If you get him from a breeder, I would ask about the temperament of the father too.
    Hope it all goes well with your decision. [​IMG]

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