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Which Rooster to choose?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by newbiecaroline, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. newbiecaroline

    newbiecaroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, wondering if experienced people could suggest from the following order which rooster(s) I should be ordering for the ladies.
    Danish brown leghorn (aka isa browns?)
    Red star
    Buff orps
    Speckled Sussex
    Blue laced red wyandottes
    Silver laced wyandottes
    White silkies
    Silver duckwing
    Black tailed buff japanese
    Welsommers
    Buff & partridge cochin
    White crested Black polish
    Dark brahmas
    Columbian rock
    Also if you have knowledge of these breeds which ones I would not want in this flock and why?

    These breeds are all going to be ordered as one day old chicks and housed together in large coop/run eventually.

    Your input is very important to me and well appreciated from BYC.
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    It really depends on the size of girls you're getting. What breeds of hens are you planning on? The reason I ask is you wouldn't want a 9lb BLRW roo with 3lb silkie girls because he'll hurt them.
    I do love my BLRW roo, Hotwing. He's good to his girls and very beautiful. He is also mindful of me, which is great because I don't want to be flogged by a monster roo!
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Silver duckwing what, LOL? Which breed in that color are you getting? Sounds like quite the mix! You forgot the Barred Plymouth Rocks, didn't you? My favorites!

    I have Sussex, the SL Wyandotte, Buff Orps out of your list. I have a Lt Brahma and a Buff Brahma, sweet girls, not overly cuddly, but good layers and not bullies.My Speckled Sussex is a BIG eater. SLWs that I have are excellent layers, sweet girls, very pretty. Wish I could comment on more of your breeds.
     
  4. newbiecaroline

    newbiecaroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    newbiecaroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Carri, so I should forget the BLW? this is the type of info I'm looking for, thanks!
     
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Quote:I wouldn't get ANY big rooster if you're going to have any small girls. I do recommend a BLRW roo if you're sticking with bigger girls.
     
  7. newbiecaroline

    newbiecaroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know some of these breeds have smaller hens, so now we have narrowed down (thank you) to a rooster of small stature from amongst the breeds listed. Guessing I will need two roos for this many hens.
    I will be seperating the layers and do not want a roo with them. We have 8 people in the family that LOVE eggs so also need to figure out how many good layers of big brown eggs to get, plus neighbors want some.
    I am planning on just two hens of each of the other breeds if they offer sexed.
     
  8. newbiecaroline

    newbiecaroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    also I have kept in mind, best I can from descriptions, breeds that are people friendly, I have 2 small grandchildren that come visit often, I do not want them hurt, so friendly type coopers only.
     
  9. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    You can eat firtile eggs they are exactly the same as non fertile.

    Henry
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Ok, Old English Game Bantams in Silver Duckwing. Pretty! Carri is right about not having a rooster that is WAY too heavy for your hens. He can actually injure them if they are really mismatched. For instance, my Blue Orp rooster, Suede, is a huge boy. His chest is over a foot across, not sure of the weight, but suffice it to say, when he runs toward you, you do expect the ground to shake. I couldnt allow him to be my main flock rooster even with standard breed birds like RIRs and Barred Rocks, so he has to stay with his own very chunky women, LOL.
     

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