Which rooster?

wwdubose

Chirping
6 Years
Apr 2, 2013
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East Texas
I'm just starting my flock and my three day old chicks arrive today! I'm getting three each of Australorp, Red Star, Barred Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, and Silver Laced Wyandotte. If I ever decide to get a rooster and wanted to match up with one of those five breeds, which would you recommend and why?
 

brahmabreeder

Songster
7 Years
Feb 22, 2012
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123
211
Northeast Ohio
Not sure which one I would choose but I know which one I wouldn't. The red star would be a no. They are a cross bred bird and don't breed true. I would probably go with the australorp because I think they are cool looking and would handle my climate well but so would the others.
 

backwoodstexas

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 17, 2013
17
1
24
East Texas
I would go with the buff orpingtons and barred rocks. The buffs are broody and good mommies. And as I understand, so are the rocks. Of course I'm biased, as all I have are these two breeds. Wonderfully calm chickens.
 

mshuntjump

Songster
8 Years
Feb 13, 2012
561
20
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Memphis, TN
I'd go with a buff orp. Orpingtons are wonderful birds. SO docile if you get them from the right place. I do breed them, so if you are interested, message me.
 

Clackclack

Chirping
6 Years
Apr 20, 2013
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8
71
Yes, before getting a rooster I would wait how many you already have. Getting a rooster isn't hard, getting rid of of one the harder....

Clackclack
 

backwoodstexas

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 17, 2013
17
1
24
East Texas
As soon as they start putting on feathers for buff orpingtons and barred rocks. The easiest way to tell is the pullets grows tail feathers much sooner than rooster.
 

Percheron chick

Crowing
8 Years
Apr 12, 2013
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Hudson, Colorado
You have some signs very early, like at 1-2 weeks, that you've got a roo.

Who's the biggest, who's the most upright in stance, who has more color in the comb and waddles, who's the bully, who kicks and screams the longest when you pick it up? All indicators of perhaps a rooster. Another thing to watch for is differences between the 3 in each breed group. Different feathers, different body shape, different shape of comb, different color , different rate of growth. You'll have a pretty good idea long before she starts to crow.
 

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