To roo or not to roo? Will I rue the roo? From Roux...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Roux, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. Roux

    Roux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, I've officially gone off the deep end & have 25 pullets heading this way this spring. The plans for the coop addition are in full swing...and I'm absolutely addicted! [​IMG]

    I'm debating over whether or not I should add a roo to my upcoming order & have narrowed it down to either a Salmon Faverolle or a Light Brahma. Part of me wants a handsome, stately fellow hanging out in the yard with my girls. I know I don't *need* one, but it's just so tempting...

    Yays? Nays? Advice? My other half is concerned because he doesn't like the idea of potentially eating fertile eggs...if I'm pulling them daily, is this going to be a huge deal in terms of development? I'm not really looking to breed my chickens & just enjoy having them around for their winsome ways (not to mention the eggs), and I just don't want to add a rooster to the mix if he's going to be unhappy for any reason.

    SO in love with these birds...at this point I can't figure out why we didn't get them SOONER! [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I, personally would get a roo. In fact I plan on it this spring. They are beautiful, and personally I like hearing them crow. As far as eating fertilized eggs--I wouldn't worry about it- as longas you collect the eggs daily. And I wouldn't think that he would be unhappy.

    Just my two cents...
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Check out these pics:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=28424&p=9


    If you're like me, you'll change your mind on the light brahma roo and go for the buff one instead. They are beautiful! I'm getting a roo, call it the Noah Syndrome or something. I like to have at least one of each sex.

    I think that link will work.
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    I'm pro-roo. [​IMG] You can't tell if their fertile by the taste and you have to look really closely to see if they are fertile. I'd get the Faverolle...just because I like the looks of most anything bearded.
     
  5. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    I vote get a roo ! we have a little banty roo and I LOVE HIM [​IMG] he is so fun to watch with his "fullsized girls " - the crowing is not a big problem I love to hear him , he is VERY protective of HIS yard, and everynight he is stands in the coop and tells the girls it is time for bed.

    I think your girls would love a handsome guy to watch over them and protect them.

    Julie
     
  6. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I didn't want a roo at all but one of my "hens" crowed and I was stuck with the decision on whether or not to keep him. I decided to just see "how it goes" and give him a chance. He does crow a lot now but he has also saved my girls from a hawk and when my dog got into the pen, the rooster chased them all out and hid them under a bush and kept them safe. There are benefits for sure. They are very protective and always pay attention to whats going on. If he ever turns mean I won't keep him, but for now he is very welcomed here. So, my vote is yes. Give it a try, you can always re home him if it doesn't work out.
     
  7. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, I would say it's more fun when you have a roo with the girls. The fertile eggs are the same quality eggs for eating as un-fertile are. There won't be any chick development unless a hen is broody to incubate them. I'm sure you ate alot of fertile eggs and didn't know it.
    Even though you ordered only pullets, with only 95% accuracy when sexing...you could easily end up with one anyway, it's fairly common and expected.

    bigzio
     
  8. Roux

    Roux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Done! I added a Salmon Faverolle roo to my order. [​IMG] I just loooove the way they look. The rest of my order is pullet pairs & trios of a variety of breeds (different colored eggs), so hopefully they'll be fairly accurate on the sexing.

    Y'all are such enablers. [​IMG] (observation, not complaint) [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    ROUX - you're so EASY - BOOM you got chickens - BOOM you getting more and now BOOM you added a roo - [​IMG]

    Just make that coop HUGE - there is no doubt in my mind you'll be getting MORE.

    honestly - you can't tell the difference between a fertile and not egg.............. they all taste YUMMY!!!

    Do you have a silkie yet? [​IMG]
     
  10. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Ordering all pullets usually gives you a roo or two anyway. You may end up with more than the one you ordered on purpose. (My order of 25 pullets turned up two roos.)
     

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