Which roo to keep in mixed young flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MamaLou, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. MamaLou

    MamaLou New Egg

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    Hello BYC Peeps! Long time reader and first time poster here, looking for some advice.

    After going without chickens for about a year (our two old-aged Javas lived a good long life until finally succumbing to a predator attack last year), we've finally returned to the world of chickens with some new young stock. Purchased before they were sexed, we have seven total: 3 Splash Americaunas (2 pullets and a cockerel), 2 Wyandottes (one black laced pullet and one blue laced cockerel) and 2 Orpingtons (one black cockerel and one lav hen). We would like to keep just one roo and re-home the other two. I don't know which cockerel to keep! The Americauna, the BLRW or the black Orp?

    My three year old son is especially fond of "the black one" (the Orp) and he has a name already, so I am leaning towards keeping dear "Plucky"; but I hate to see that beautiful BLRW cockerel go. Also, with a mixed flock such as this, are there any advantages to a roo of one particular breed over the others in terms of the social mix? Breeding? I don't plan to do much breeding; but when a hen goes broody, I'd like to let her do her thing. I don't mind mixed breed chickens at all.

    Thank you,
    MamaLou
     
  2. bloonskiller911

    bloonskiller911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say pick the one you like best with the best temperament
     
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  4. MamaLou

    MamaLou New Egg

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    Thank you! Do you think we could be successful keeping two roos? The Black Orpington and the BLRW? I've heard of some roos getting along and both breeds have a good rep for being friendly (although I've heard a couple of stories of Wyandotte hostility, it seems rare).
     
  5. bloonskiller911

    bloonskiller911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you might be able to but I wouldn't suggest it. roosters need their own hens and a usual number is about 15 per rooster. I think you would ending up with some fighting boys.
     
  6. MamaLou

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    I guess we'll keep the black orp. Anyone want a pretty Wyandotte or a splash Ameraucana cockerel?
     
  7. Can I see a picture of the 2 roosters? Oh and where do you live depending where I might be able to take one. If u live near me I will still need to think about it. I dont know if I have enough hens for another rooster.
     
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