Too many roosters! How do I choose which one to keep?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Debs55, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Debs55

    Debs55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I started out with 5 silkie chicks and of course 4 of them turned out to be roosters! I've bought 3 more hens but still need to sell atleast 2 of the roosters (which im being unsuccessful at). but how do I decide which is the best rooster to keep? By the way I am intending to breed them. Thanks in advance!
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    Look up the Standard of Perfection and choose your roo accordingly.You may also post pictures of your roos.

    Head, feet, and side views of each roo would be great. I could probably help you decide.
  3. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2012
    You want a roo that has good body shape and plumage looks nice and grows nice. also you want to think about which roo is a gentleman to the ladies. Does he dance for them and make nests and find food for them? You want a kind roo for your hens.
  4. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    If you intend to breed then you have to do some studying to see what best meets 'breed standards'... items such as size, confirmation would be first on my list, then temperment and finally color (unless the color is ornamental and important in the breed standard you are planning to achieve). This may not be as important if you aren't trying to achieve 'show quality' birds, but you should pay attention to the standards if you will need to sell unwanted chicks rather than have to cull them.

    After having a good idea on what meets the standards then you need to try to objectively evaluate the birds for these qualities. My only exception to that would be to also give some weight on the personality of the bird and how well he treats the hens and people.

    Silkies seem to be a popular breed so you may be able to find someone in your area who can help you evaluate which roo is best for your flock and plans. There is also a thread on here (actually I think there are many) that may provide a wealth of info for you to aid in your decision.

    Good luck!
  5. Frizzle13

    Frizzle13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2012
    if they are purebred then choose the closest to perfect breed standard and if they are crossbred choose a pretty one
  6. Debs55

    Debs55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks everyone! I'll look into the standards and I'll post some pictures once the weather here clears up

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