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Which 16 week old Blue Wheaten Maran rooster should I keep?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by stacylynn, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. stacylynn

    stacylynn Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I'm wondering if anyone out there can help me.

    Tomorrow, I'm giving away one of my 16 week old Blue Wheaten Maran roosters. One rooster my daughter named Squeak..he was a little skittish when I got him at 4 weeks and still is a little skittish now. He hasn't quite figured out his crow yet...still sounds like a hawk. He keeps his distance from my other hens when I let them all free-range together.

    The other rooster, Squawk, was easy to hold before I put him outside. He isn't skittish. He does ruff his neck feathers at only one of my hens. He isn't afraid of the hens. It almost seems like he prefers to be around them.

    If anyone can help me choose which one to keep, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks

    Stacy
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    are they both the same age? and what are you looking for? breeding, protector or pet?
     
  3. stacylynn

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    They are both the same age. I am looking for a protector because I have one blind hen.
     
  4. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    unless they are fighting each other i would keep them both because as soon as you get rid of one something may happen to the other. murphys law. lol if you only keep one then squawk sounds like the better roo.
     
  5. stacylynn

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    I think they "play fight" because no feathers are being lost and there's no blood being drawn. Also no awful squawking. But sometimes after they fight one (Squeak) runs inside the coop for a little while.
     
  6. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    if you take the head rooster away the other will take his place so it may not matter which one goes. it sounds like they are ok with each other for now.
     
  7. stacylynn

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    Thank you. Your info helps.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'd keep squeak. I like my roosters more stand-offish, they're more respectful of humans. I've never been attacked by a properly respectful rooster that keeps his distance from me.

    your guys are young yet, just hitting adolescence. You'll be amazed how their personalities change over the next 4ish months.
     

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