3 Great Reasons to Keep a Rooster in Your Flock

I’m absolutely in love with having a few roosters in my flock. If you live in an area where roosters are allowed, I want to persuade you to keep one in your flock too. Here are the top 3 reasons why I keep a rooster around (or three!).mh blog why keep roos

  1. Flock watchdog

Perhaps the most important role of the rooster is the job of keeping his eye on the sky and around the perimeter for any potential threats. A watchful rooster can be invaluable for sounding the alarm when he notices a predator or other threat. Roosters have different calls they use to say different things. If you spend any length of time watching your flock, you will learn the different calls a rooster has to communicate with the hens.

  1. Fertile eggs for hatching new chicks

My second favorite reason for having a rooster in my flock is the possibility of hatching out some chicks of my own. When I have a favorite hen that lays a great egg color or is a particularly high producer of good quality eggs, I have the ability to hatch some of her chicks to try to perpetuate those genetics.mh blog chick peeking

  1. Fewer issues with “mean girl” flock drama

Flocks with roosters in charge tend to have fewer pecking order issues. Yes, keeping more than one rooster in a flock means you will have the potential of some serious rooster fights, but if you watch closely, there will be a dominant rooster with his preferred hens, and then the other roosters with their preferred hens. As long as there is plenty of space for each sub-flock to have their own areas, a large flock with several roosters is not usually an issue. I currently have 3 roosters with 75 hens and everyone gets along peacefully.

I hope you will consider having a rooster in your flock. They are handsome, important leaders in a flock and serve a purpose. What kind of rooster do you have in your flock?  Tell us about him in the comments below!

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  • I have a barred rock, two light brahma and a swedish flower. They are all fantastic!

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  • My roosters are all farmyard mixed. I love hearing them crow. A neighbor gave me one of her extras. He bred all my various hens, more chicks including roosters. And so on and so on. My favorite is named calico jack. Lots of colors and patterns.

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  • I have red sexlinks hens and a big black rooster. The trouble is the hens are small and he is big and the feathers on the hens back are coming out from where he mounts them. Is this normal? Thank you

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    • From my experience that is pretty normal for the hen to loose their feathers from breeding. You can go on ebay and order chicken saddles for your hens to help them with that. I have heard they work pretty well or you can make them yourself if your handy with a sewing machine.

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  • I found their pretty “dresses” get torn,they even get wounds, and when ever I had a large breed Roo,I had young 2-3 yr old hens die,I do love having a Roo, so I prefer a Bantam Rooster with full size hens.Seldom if ever had a mean rooster, and had 12 at one time.Every egg that hatched that year was a Rooster.If they hatch together they get along quite well together.Even had a Bantam Rooster fall in love with a Muskovy Duck hen,and was quite protective of her,stayed with her while she set on eggs, and would peck my shoes, when she came in to eat.

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