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Thinking of Getting a Few Andulasians: Are the roos protective?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Minnowey, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Minnowey

    Minnowey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying to downsize on my yearly chick order, and I'm not sure whether or not I should scratch Blue Andalusian off my list. Where I live, predators during the day are a big thing and I want to know whether the Andalusian roos are generally kind+protective of the hens/overly aggressive towards other roos. Thanks in advance:
    Minnowey
     
  2. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Overrun With Chickens

    In my experience, the more docile breed roos are the best. We had a Buff orp roo, and he was gentle with the ladies, took wonderful care of them, and when a border collie was after one of our RIR's, he was chasing it. He also charged our great pyr - through a fence, but still! And quite a few other people I've talked to with orp roos say the same; calm, gentle, and very protective. I bet something like a brahma would be a good choice, as well.

    If you go look at the reviews for buckeye chickens on here, there's a story of one roo who lured a couple dogs away from his hens. If all buckeyes were like that roo, I would have one.

    The most protective breed I've ever seen in person was a game cock. I was picking up a silkie and he was like, "come at me, bro," so if you want the best protection get a game roo. The downside is that he was very rough with the hens.

    I can see a blue andalusian being protective. From what I've seen, the more "flighty" breeds tend to be pretty rough with the hens, though, but I bet that, given the higher energy, he would be a great flock guardian.

    Hope this helps!, And [​IMG]
     
  3. Minnowey

    Minnowey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I do have and Orpingtons and some Brahmas, but right now I'm pretty happy with the head rooster, a Cuckoo Maran, who is faster than a coyote(literally). He is also very protective of hens and extremely observant. He notices things 40 or 50 feet away and alerts his hens to them. You pretty much answered my question.
     
  4. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Overrun With Chickens

    Okay, good. Glad I could help! [​IMG]
     
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