Let me start by saying I am by no means an expert. This is my first year raising chickens. But in that years time, I have learned a lot.
I got 12 chicks total. Not knowing what they were; male or female. Two didn’t survive and I was left with 10 that thrived.
Out of those 10, I ended up with 3 males and 7 females.
Our first confirmed male, Speckles, got rehomed really quick because he was beating up my girls pretty bad. That is something you don’t want. You want your girls relaxed and comfortable and safe in their home so they can lay eggs comfortably. Under the constant stress, the chances of eggs go down. They will not lay to their full potential, which I know for most folks is the whole purpose of owning chickens. Plus beating up my baby girls to point of drawing blood was not cool with me.
Here are my 2 roosters that I have left.
Pros of having a rooster:
- Protects your flock when free ranging.
- Gives you fertilized eggs, which then gives you babies (YAY!)
Cons of having a rooster:
- Can be rough with your girls or the other roosters. We had an incident which may or may not have been a fight between the two roosters. One was pretty badly beat up and I thought I was going to lose him but he pulled through.
- Can become aggressive with you or your kids. I have one rooster who likes to chase my one daughter. She is special needs so I don’t know if he has picked up on that, but it’s only her, never me or anyone else. And when they kick at you it hurts. Especially with those nails.
- Can be very skittish and not real lovable. Even as chicks, they ran and hated being picked up. And now they steer away from us and are not very friendly at all.
- Do not follow directions at all (typical MAN!). If I shake the worm bag or call the chickens, all of the girls come right away. The boys not so much and we end up having to trap them into running into the enclosed area. Too much work!
Now the next reason can be a pro or con depending on the type of person you are. I personally love to hear them crowing. But others might not. I will say mine start between 4-5 am. BUT I can’t hear them in my room and neither can my kids. So it doesn’t bother us. Others might not be so happy with that.
While most people would say eat them. I am not that brave or experienced yet in butchering one of our own chickens. And I highly doubt that I can find someone to come out and butcher just one. I am not at all against it. I am hoping to add some meat birds later on down the road. But one step at a time. If you are experienced or knows someone who is, then butchering could be an option for you.
I am on the fenced about getting rid of Lil Baby. He is the trouble maker and he is the one that dislikes my daughter. She loves being with them. So most likely I am going to try to trade or sell him.
So my conclusion is a rooster is not necessary, but some people like them while others don’t. I don’t see Ninja going anywhere. He is the sweetest little thing I have ever seen. So much smaller than a normal rooster; probably a bantam. And just keeps to himself and treats the girls very nicely. I most likely won’t have fertilized eggs anymore, but that is a price I will pay. I can always order more chicks or go to local feed store!
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I can’t wait until I have the space to get my own chickens. Yours are so cute!
Thank you! I was never a bird person, but these chickens have made me rethink that.
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Personally I think that a key part of keeping chickens is taking responsibility for their entire lives. As a result, I have taught myself how to butcher (youtube is an amazing resource). I don’t think it is fair to indulge in all the good parts of keeping chickens and then to pass off the unpleasant parts to someone else. To me it’s all part of being self-sustaining.
I love your Frizzle Cochin. I have never seen that breed before. And you have made me wonder about my Light Sussex hen. She sure looks a lot like your light brahma.
Enjoying your blog!