Roosters are certainly an interesting addition to any flock. I know from experience that chickens will live just fine without one and still lay beautiful eggs. But what are the benefits of keeping a rooster around?
- They protect the hens, no questions asked
- Fertilize eggs so you can have chicks
- Keeps the hens in check
- Finds hens food
- Look really cool
So what are the downsides of having a rooster?
- They can be aggressive, depending on breed
- You may not want fertilized eggs
- Roosters can injure hens during mating
- Having more then one rooster can cause severe fights
- And last but not least they crow all the time
But wait, what if you chose a docile breed of rooster or raised him from a tiny chick. He would be a lot less aggressive. Fertilized eggs are the same as non fertilized if your going to eat them, there is no difference. You can remove the roosters spurs to eliminate some injury to your hens. And if you have one rooster there will be no rooster fights. Now about the crowing, did you know there is such a thing as a NO CROW Rooster Collar?
I had no idea this thing even existed until I was given the gift of chicks. I was thinking I would keep a rooster but I am not allowed a rooster here because they crow too much. So I stumbled on this creative product. If you are contemplating having a rooster with your flock but can't stand the crowing here is the answer.
Visit http://nocrowroostercollars.com/collections/all for more information and to buy your own.