Which rooster should I keep?

Beth 67

8 Years
May 13, 2011
I have a mixed of chicken that has way to many roosters? How do I choose who should stay and who go to freezer camp? I have a couple of aggressive rooster that I have decide will be going. Right know we have about 29 chicken and at least half are rooster. I would like to keep one Cochin for breeding purposes and one other but which one should I keep? All adivice would be helpful. Thanks


10 Years
Jul 14, 2011
It just depends on what you want... If you want to reproduce chickens for meat- keep the biggest/ meatiest one. If you want chickens for egg production.. keep the most egg looking (I like to think bigger comb means earlier maturing, more eggs. If you want to keep for color, keep the craziest colored one...

if you want sexlink, keep an according roo...


12 Years
Nov 1, 2010
Northern L.P. Michigan
It's hard to say who is going to be a good rooster until they mature. Last fall I had 9 roos and over the winter narrowed it down to three and then two in the spring. I just kept culling them as they developed attitudes, some rehomed some freezer camp depending on attitudes. I now have two wonderful roos that watch over their girls, call them for food, make sure they eat first and always have an eye to the sky. They were not the most beautiful but they are the best.


9 Years
May 21, 2010
Otis, Oregon ~ Chicken People Since 5/10
I got 5 roos of 8 on a straight run of Black Australorps this spring.
I had my heart absolutely set on one, with a second possible, and they were the only 2 who got names.
I also had 6 year-old BA hens who were much maligned by the 5 of them coming of age at once.
I finally resorted to seperating them all, but for one roo at a time, so I could watch their behavior with the hens and with us, as we interacted with the changes to habit and environment. The one I loved passionately, Russell Crowes was aggressive towards the hens, and began to show signs of wanting to "think he was BIG" around me. I won't have it, so he made up my mind for me. The largest and most beautiful, Roux (after Johnny Depp's character in Chocolat) was agressive with everyone, including all the other chickens. He, too, made up my mind for me.
In the end, the #3 roo behaved very respectfully with the hens, dipping his wing, and doing his little 'mating dance' to impress them. He has always taken me very seriously, but also gives me a wide berth. He is fully aware I am the large and in charge Mistress of this flock.
The other remaining roo was so underdeveloped, if it weren't for his tail feathers, and obvious interest in mating with the hens (who laughed hysterically, and chased him off), I would have been sure he was a hen.
I kept both of them. The Big Daddy flocked-up with the 6 big girls, who find him quite charming and are so cute together, he is called Maximus Decimus Meridius. The little roo, flocked up with the 3 little girls from his own batch of babies, and we have named him Rex. They have not had any roo issues because they have a suitable number of hens in their own harems, and have been all through the pecking order of this flock, and understand their places, beautifully.
It was a bit of a hair-pulling time for me, until we figured out who needed to stay and father my future fuzzy-butts, and who wasn't going to make the permanent roster. We had overbreeding (my ladies have bald spots on the backs of their poor little heads
), space issues, it cost a fortune to keep all those boys in feed while they matured to eating size, and was a madcap melee every day while they all tried to be the boss/run as fast as possible from danger. But it has been totally worth it to have the right fit for our flock. If you are building a flock from scratch, pick a roo or roos who are of a good disposition.
That is my super-long story, short!

best of luck and brightest blessings!

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