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Which rooster would you keep? Or neither? [PICS]

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by NeeleysAVLChicks, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so I have the following (or will be adding to the flock shortly) hens...

    NHR
    BO
    BR
    BC Marans
    Welsummer
    SLW
    Olive Eggers
    EE
    Ameraucana
    Wheaten Maran

    My goal is not necessarily to bred true, but to create some fun mixes that will result in funky egg colors, maybe sell a few as colored egg laying mixes, but mostly to replenish my stock. My customers LOVE colorful eggs (we barely get a chance to eat any AND we have a waiting list) and will pay a pretty penny (ie $4 a dozen) for them.

    Here are the two young roosters we have right now. They are both pretty equal in terms of personality. My question is, with my goals in mind, which one of these guys would you keep? Or should I hold out for my next hatch and hope for rooster? (superb quality BC Maran, Wheaten Maran, Olive Egger and Ameraucana)

    Rooster A: 2nd Generation Olive Egger, hatched from a nice, dark olive egg.

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    Rooster B: EE/Ameraucana, hatched from a nice blue egg.

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    Thoughts? Thanks for your input!!
     
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I would keep both and get a couple dozen more but I have been known to have too many roosters...
     
  3. tls_ranch

    tls_ranch Stares at Chickens

    Rooster B: EE/Ameraucana, hatched from a nice blue egg should have the best chance to pass on the blue egg gene to his offspring. Plus, I like his muffs:)
     
  4. BuffaloWings

    BuffaloWings Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Agreed keep 'em both. They are both interesting colored. Plus, you have the possiblity of olive eggs and blue eggs. Use them as an excuse to get more hens![​IMG]
     
  5. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] both
     
  6. silkieroo

    silkieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say both too! But if you can't the second is very pretty! [​IMG]
     
  7. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    $4.00 a dz! Wow!

    There so many folks here selling Fresh Eggs that I could sell tie dyed eggs and wouldn't get that much! [​IMG]
    I vote keep them both,. more egg color choices,.. but if it HAS to be just one,. I would go with the second one,. for the blue eggs.
     
  8. BookWorm243

    BookWorm243 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2010
    Franklin, NC
    I agree, I would keep both but if it could only be one then the second one [​IMG]
     
  9. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] If you absolutly have to choose just one, i would go with the EE. But if you have enough hens, keep both.
     
  10. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    Agreed with the rest of the responders, keep both if you can! If they get along and aren't harassing the hens, there's room for two. [​IMG] I absolutely love the color on the second fellow, though. Both very handsome guys. Good luck!
     

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