Which roos to cull and keep

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wvplucker, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. wvplucker

    wvplucker Out Of The Brooder

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    A while back i bought 20 "assorted reds" at TSC, and they threw in 4 for free. I now have a few RIR hens several gold comet hens and 7 RIR roos. I am thinking about keeping 2 roos. Some are larger than others. A couple follow me around like a puppy, and a few stay clear away from me. My chickens free range all day. I let them out at 7 a.m before i go to work, and close the coop door at 9 p.m. Should I keep the bigger, more aggressive roos to protect the hens, or keep a couple that are a little smaller, but act like pets, and do not flee when i get close. The hens are not laying yet, but should be in a few weeks.
     
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I would keep the roos that steer clear of you. The ones who follow you around all the time are more likely to become aggressive towards you.
     
  3. wvplucker

    wvplucker Out Of The Brooder

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    I wondered about that. I am a newbie to chickens. The ones that come close, in the back of my head I'm waiting for them to peck me, but they do not. They just get about 6 inches away from the ankles
     
  4. birdsNbeesNseeds

    birdsNbeesNseeds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any RIR, but my roos (and a few hens) only follow me because they are waiting for me to throw scratch for them - even if I only throw it once a day. Before I started throwing scratch more often, only the ones I handled young would come check me out.

    I don't know exactly how old they are, but I would definitely cull overly mean roosters (ok, with RIR that may be saying practically all of them from what I've heard, lol) and possibly any that have noticible defects. A roo that attacks you is going to make life miserable.

    If you're going to keep a roo, try to keep the best of the flock; look for both good 'personality', health, and breeding standard if possible. If you can't get all three, decide what you would like in your flock the most (although a healthy chicken is a live chicken, that certainly counts for alot!!)
     
  5. wvplucker

    wvplucker Out Of The Brooder

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    The ones that follow me are definitely looking for scratch, but it is always the same 2, and the rest stay back til i am away and then eat the scratch.
     
  6. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    At what age will a lap roo typically become aggressive if he is going to?
     
  7. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Quote:Most have a major personality change a puberty. That doesn't mean that a roo won't become mean later on, but it is much less likely.
     
  8. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine went to the dangerous side at about a year old. I can't trust them around children and have even had to grab the bull by the horns myself on a few occassions. They are both on retreat now, to give the girls a break, so I have no idea what they will act like when they join the flock again.
    I would keep the roos that stay away, provided they have other qualities to offer me. Have a beauty contest and the winner doesn't go into freezer camp.
     
  9. wvplucker

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    it seems like the bigger they are, they farther away from me they hang. are the bigger roos better guardians of the hens?
     
  10. crazy chook

    crazy chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have been the opposite, My friendly boy is very protective of his girls and will even take on the dog if he gets too close. He is still quite friendly toward me and takes treats from my hand. He is now 2 years old.

    I have a mixed bunch of chickens that are all quite friendly, some more than others. I do believe it has a lot to do with breed as well as how much you are with them. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    The other roosters that always stayed away, run at the site of danger! And will bite me if I can get a hold of them, were pretty rough with the girls.

    I would personally keep the nice boys. BUT thats just me.

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