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to keep or not to keep (my "surprise" rooster)?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Marianne25, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. Marianne25

    Marianne25 In the Brooder

    I had every intention of giving away our rooster (Cecile turned out to be a Cecil)! I purchased 7 "females" but my one barred rock is obviously a male. I am only raising chickens for eggs (and for fun) so really have no reason to keep him. My husband and son are working hard on me to get me to keep the rooster; what are your opinions as far as his value in protecting the flock? Of course since I've raised them since day old chicks it's getting harder and harder to think about giving him away (though he is pretty "mean" sometimes to the girls, once in a while I'll see him snuggling up to one of the hens and it is pulling at the heartstrings...it's almost like he knows what I'm thinking of doing- ha ha). I already know I can bring him to our local Agway and they could easily find a home for him. I'm not sure what will happen to the "pecking order", since for now he's obviously at the top!

    (FYI, our birds are 8 weeks old)

    Just wondering as I'm sure there are many others that have gone through this. Opinions are appreciated! :)
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2016

  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Songster

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    Are roosters aloud in your area?
    If so I woukd keep him.
    My reasons for this are
    He will protect the flock
    Call them for food
    Round them up for bed
    And if you ever want to hatch chicks
    You will be able to hatch them because you have a rooster
  3. aimeemarie01

    aimeemarie01 In the Brooder

    Jun 22, 2016
    Rutland MA
    I personally haven't had roosters but my dad used to and he says they were great for the hens but he couldn't stand the constant crowing and had to get rid of him for it. If you could put up with the crowing, I think having a rooster is a great idea and then he could fertilize the eggs and you could add to your flock whenever you like.

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