To keep a rooster or not...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by spiderlady, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. spiderlady

    spiderlady In the Brooder

    Jan 23, 2012
    North Pole, Alaska
    Reasons why I would like one: They are pretty, I like the crowing, and I will want to hatch fresh chicks every spring.

    Reasons why Im not sure I should get one: An extra mouth to feed and clean up after thats not making eggs, they can potentially become mean and I have a small child, and I have a dog to chase off predators and look after chicks.. Im thinking him and a rooster might not get along so well.

    So whats your thoughts? Worth it to try or not? I could in theory buy hatching eggs every year from other local. Breeders. I have a mixed flock so I dont neccessarily need to find a certain breed. But it is additional cost and hassle.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2015
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    If you've never had one I would give it a try!
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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I've always had roosters in my flock, and wouldn't have it any other way. There are the good, the bad, and the ugly! I've had all kinds, and have zero tolerance for anything but polite behavior. Nice birds are so worth it, in eye candy, and flock behaviors. Mary
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  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    If you have a small child, I would wait until the child is much older. If roosters are going to attack, they tend to attack children first.
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  5. ShockValue

    ShockValue Songster

    Jan 10, 2010
    West Sound, Washington
    Our rooster was friendly, until he wasn't. Sunday he was friendly. Monday he attacked my daughter. Tuesday he attacked my wife. Wednesday he was living someplace else.

    I'm not saying don't get a rooster. But if you have small kids, be very cautious. Mean roosters don't scare me much, but they can do a lot of damage (if not physical, emotional) quickly to small ones.
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  6. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Songster

    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    I run 1 useless RIR rooster with my flock. By useless I mean useless; he's too old to breed the hens, rarely crows, too tough to cook, can't hardly see and can hardly walk. I don't pet him but he will eat corn from my hand. His only purpose in life is to scratch around in the pasture with the hens, looking pretty with his tail feathers blowing in the breeze. A flock just doesn't look complete without a rooster.
    Far as feeding him, I feed about 50 hens & pullets anyway so what's 1 more mouth to feed. I figure it costs about 10 cents a day to feed him.
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  7. spiderlady

    spiderlady In the Brooder

    Jan 23, 2012
    North Pole, Alaska
    Thanks all for the input!

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