When to thin/seperate roos from straight run

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by polychickens, May 10, 2007.

  1. polychickens

    polychickens In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2007
    My 15 straight run chicks are now about 9 weeks old. I figure I'll keep 3 roosters, and I have another flock of 15 pullets--4 weeks old.

    At what point do I thin the herd of the excess roosters? How do I decide which breed of rooster to keep? I have RIR's, brown leghorns, and Plymouth barred rocks.

    Also, what to do with the excess roosters? I figure I'll have 4-5 to get rid of. Do my numbers sound OK? I should end up with a total of 21-22 hens and 3 roosters all together.

  2. livestock101

    livestock101 In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2007
    I think your numbers sound just fine. You can get rid of the excess roosters anytime your ready. We normally do it at around 16 weeks.

    I like to be able to see how they are developing and if I'm keeping any, I want to keep the ones developing the best; good temperament, plumage color, etc. In the past, we've had A LOT of problems with RIR and Barred Rock roosters. They have both been very aggressive breeds, from my point of view. I have no experience with Brown Leghorn roosters, just the hens. If I were you, I'd keep 1 of each breed.

    What to do with the excess roos? Put up an ad at your local feed store or in a local paper.

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