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#16 2018-01-10 13:21:36

AuntieEvil
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Re: Choosing your main guy.

Does anyone run a flock with no rooster?


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#17 2018-01-10 14:27:55

killerbunny
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Re: Choosing your main guy.

I used to until I got more into it. If hens went broody I would get fertile eggs for them. When poor Lucky died I had no rooster for a few months and I got complaints from some of the neighbours because they liked the crowing! We are rural here.


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RIP Stephen, my BSW Tom and coffee companion. He left a great genetic legacy.
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#18 2018-01-10 16:05:59

shaneb99
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Re: Choosing your main guy.

About 15 years ago I went through one of my periodic realignments and butchered all of my roosters.   I went a couple years without one and I've regretted it ever since.  Not because I missed the crowing or the bare backed hens but just by chance I happened to have had a couple of really nice Light and Dark Brahmas roosters that I never could replace with anything comparable and it took me years to get back there. The hens do just fine without a rooster. One older hen usually takes charge.


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#19 2018-01-10 18:06:54

niglefritz
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Re: Choosing your main guy.

:iagree: And then they fight the new rooster if you get one. Hopefully he can withstand the challenge. We had one new rooster die that way.


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#20 2018-01-10 19:37:42

shaneb99
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Re: Choosing your main guy.

I group everyone up for the winter and I put some young roosters in with my overflow house where everyone goes I don't have a place for. There's an older rooster and he's pretty laid back but some of the older hens don't take any guff. I watched one young guy sneak up on one of the old hens and she whipped around and took after him like a rooster. Grabbed him by the comb and when he struggled free she leaped at him with her spurs. He beat a hasty retreat to the safety of the roost. :veryfunny:


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#21 2018-01-10 19:46:15

AuntieEvil
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Re: Choosing your main guy.

That is good news. I have been advised I must refrain from over filling the hen house this time. Figure the best way to do that, is not have a rooster.
Generally in the fall people give roos away, so I can always change my mind. :P


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