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7 years 3 months ago #531181 by Caly282
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Hi, I've recently bought 5 chooks about 19 weeks old, 1 is definately a male.
My question is will it affect the 'girls' having a male in with them?
They are Brown Shavers & havn't started laying yet.
Thanks,
Caly

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7 years 3 months ago #531182 by Sue
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Won't affect them at all, I'm sure they will be delighted-once they start laying! Do you want fertile eggs?
What breed in the rooster?

Sue
Labrador lover for yonks, breeder of pedigree Murray Grey cattle for almost as long, and passionate poultry person for more years than I care to count.

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7 years 3 months ago #531210 by Caly282
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Hi Sue,
Thanks for that.
Rooster is a Brown Shaver, starting to look rather splendid.
Don't really want fertile eggs as in more chooks, but are they okay to eat?
Thanks, Caly

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7 years 3 months ago #531212 by LongRidge
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Hmmm, I bought 5 chooks at a school gala one night to start my chook farm. With only dogs, cats, donkeys, sheep, cattle goats a horse and a pig we were not diversified enough .... year right :-).
Anyway, next morning all the hens were crowing. I knew that chooks couldn't fly ... yeah right .... so let them out until I had time to correct the error. It took some time to harvest them out of one of the many totaras around out property.
Unless you want chickens, and unless the hens and rooster/s are quality breeding stock, I would suggest that he be Stew.

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7 years 3 months ago #531214 by Sue
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So he is predominantly white with a few brown feathers?

Not that makes any difference to what breed he is actually! The Shaver hens are not very inclined to go broody anyway so unless one disappears into a dark place and you don't see her for 3 weeks there shouldn't be a problem!

Just keep collecting the eggs daily- more often in hot weather, so they don't get any ideas about going broody, you should be fine.
Yes, fertile eggs are perfectly OK to eat as well.

He will enjoy having a little harem to protect but a couple of things, make sure he doesn't get too bold and attack you in his effort to protect them, and are you sure your local council doesn't have any rules re keeping roosters.

Sue
Labrador lover for yonks, breeder of pedigree Murray Grey cattle for almost as long, and passionate poultry person for more years than I care to count.

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