- Feb 15, 2014
I have 2 roosters both Production Reds, I have a person who will take one once his coop is finished. They are a little over 10 weeks old. What are some "tests" I can do to pick out the right one?
Judge by width of backs. The wider and longer the back the better the hens will lay. If he is going to be the sire of future backyard flock then go with that attribute.
Azelgin is right that aggressive males should not be tolerated. It's a headache to constantly watch your back as your collecting eggs and nightmare if kids are around. The odd thing is the more friendly one is as a cockerel it's likely that's the one that will turn on you when mature. When picking cockerels to cull I choose those with the least desirable traits but keep at least two final contenders until mating age to check personality for final decision of breeder and roasters.
It usually requires 24 months for a young cockerel to mature into a rooster. Most roosters become real brigands starting at around 6 months and continuing into early adult hood. By 2 years of age most roosters will chill out. However some roosters never do.
If you wish to raise chickens you must do so on the chickens' timetable, not on your own. The largest of the two cockerels is likely the healthiest. At the very least he likely has had fewer sicknesses etc so I would recommend him because his genes may be superior to his nest mates', at the very least he 'heals" faster. However in all likely hood he will not produce chicks better than himself but he may produce chicks who are better than average. Breed him only to your most healthy and productive hens. Setting eggs as they are laid by the flock is a poor way to chose the next generations' mama, and soon proves unsatisfactory.