Do you own several hens and are thinking about adding a rooster to your flock? Maybe you don't have any chickens, but you just loving having a handsome rooster strut around your barnyard. Here are a few of the basic pros and cons for adopting a rooster, along with some considerations and warnings.
Benefits of Owning a Rooster
Roosters offer several benefits, including:
Introducing Your New Rooster
Before introducing a new rooster to your hens, wait about two weeks, keeping him separate from the chickens. This lets you look for any possible health problems that he may have, and gives you time for handling his temperament.
While your rooster is being housed in a separate pen that is in viewing distance for the other barnyard animals, he and the chickens can watch one another interact. Then, after your rooster seems to be acclimated to the hens, let him out of his pen, so he can join the others.
Food, Water, and Housing Requirements for a Rooster
Roosters consume both plan and animal foods. Feed them a complete diet as found in feed store products. Replace the water trough daily, making sure drinking water is not too cold or too warm. Don't let your rooster drink puddle water as it may contain dangerous pollutants.
It is best to let your rooster have its own sleeping quarters in a separate wire cage, when it's not enacting or mating with hens. If you are raising roosters for showing in competitions, such as fairs, keep them in a smaller pen that is about two feet wide by three feet long. Just ensure it is located in a warm spot since there are not other birds to help it stay warm.
Other Considerations and Warnings
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