Which rooster to keep?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Stlzs0813, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. Stlzs0813

    Stlzs0813 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2015
    I have a hatch that came out rooster heavy this year. I am down to 1 White leghorn, 1 Silver-laced Wyandotte, 1 huge Light Sussex, and 1 Columbian Wyandotte. I have 8 layers, 4 leghorns, 1 SLW, 1 cuckoo maran, 1 black sex-link, and 1 RIR. Any suggestions on which roo I should keep?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I'm assuming that you want to hatch chicks in the future. What is your goal? Meat, dual purpose, egg laying?
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    If high egg production is your sole purpose, then I would keep the White Leghorn rooster as he will breed high egg production into your flock. Otherwise, I would keep the calmest and most gentle of your roosters as you don't want to breed aggression into your flock. If more than one of them are calm and gentle, then I would choose the one you like best from among those.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    agree with Michael. I've had great results bringing in Leghorn blood every so often to boost production.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2015
  5. Stlzs0813

    Stlzs0813 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2015
    Well. It is down to the columbian wyandotte, silver laced, and leghorn. "Tex" the light sussex and a columbian went into the "cones" today. Hatching chicks would be great a learning experience for my kids and that is why I am keeping one. I get a free mixed-run every spring from a cousin's elementary school class, so hatching isn't necessary. I am mainly interested in egg production, but now that I am getting comfortable with processing for meat, I want to stick to dual purpose breeds. Roosters can reproduce with hens of another breed right? I am pretty sure the columbian and leghorn will be gone tomorrow. The Silver-Laced seems to be the mildest-tempered of the remaining few, plus I have a SLW layer.

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