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Which Rooster Should I Keep?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by montyhp, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. montyhp

    montyhp Out Of The Brooder

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    This weekend is processing weekend for all the males from the batch of straight run heavies I got from Ideal on 7 December. I will process the old rooster and some of the old hens from our current flock that has slowed way down on laying. In the batch of heavies I got two ameraucana roos. I would like to keep one because they are good looking birds (no female ameraucanas unfortunately). However, both ameracaunas are very skittish and run away immediately when I approach. When I pick them off the roost they struggle and squawk.

    I also got a buff orpington roo that always comes up to me. Although he doesn't willing let me pick him up, when I catch him he is docile and looks intelligent and inquisitive.

    So what do you think. Should I keep an ameraucana or should I keep the orp?
     
  2. BlanchardOK

    BlanchardOK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blancahrd OK
    orp 100%
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    You don't say how old your roos are. There are a lot of threads on here how the pet Rooster can become aggressive towards humans, as they have no fears of humans, and want to be the alpha roo.

    I have an Americana, he is doing a fine job, but I could not, nor ever have been able to walk up and pick him up like a pet. He is a little nervous of me, and keeps a distance, which is what he and I want.

    So I would go with one of those. MrsK
     

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