Why do people have roos?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Poultrybonkers, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like if you have hens wouldn't the eggs be fertile every time? I'm just wondering why people have them. [​IMG]
     
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Some of us want fertile eggs, especially if we are working on breeding. A fertile egg is still an edible egg, the embryo doesn't develop until it is incubated.
     
  3. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
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    X2....Also, a rooster will help protect the hens. This is especially helpful if you freerange. A rooster will keep order in the flock. Mine will step in and break up fights between the hens.
     
  4. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same as above posts, plus I think they compliment the flock........and I like to watch them strut.
     
  5. benjoycei

    benjoycei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are pretty [​IMG]
     
  6. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    without a roo, one of your hens will likely take on the role and ride your other hens bald as a form of dominance. You may even get a hen that tries to crow. I call it gender confused when it happens. keep a roo. Once they get past the awkward teenager year they usually settle down and provide a valuable service to your hen house.
     
  7. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Just because that is how it was intended and having done it both ways I will say there is more harmony within the flock is better with a roo in my opinion, then add the answers above [​IMG]
     
  8. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2010
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    Well, some of mine were bought unintentionally, but I think they're beautiful. I also like their different personalities and being able to hatch my own chicks.
     
  9. lfreem2

    lfreem2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love to hear them sing!
     
  10. WisconsinChickenWhisperer

    WisconsinChickenWhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I wasn't going to have a roo at all. I ordered all pullets and one of the "girls" ended up being a boy. I was a little disappointed at first, but now that he's grown up I am really glad that I have him. Not only is he beautiful, but like the posts above, he keeps order in the flock, he protects the girls, and he has a lovely crow-not to mention he's HUGE! He's not quite passed the teen age year, though, and still a little rough on the ladies, but I noticed that they do have feathers coming back in, so he must be going a little easier on them..........
     

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