Let’s take a look at the Rooster’s role in the flock…
I am always surprised when I’m asked this question. I suppose it’s a logical question for those not too familiar with poultry. Do I need a Rooster for hens to lay eggs? A rooster does serve a couple of useful purposes to the flock which can be a good thing for the hens and keeper alike.
The Australorp is a great choice if your looking for an excellent layer of large brown eggs. Expect approximately five eggs per week from this *dual purpose bird. Their color is black, weight at maturity is 7-8 pounds, they are docile, friendly, and considered shy.
About the Australorp
Average, 260 Eggs Yearly
Class: English • Rarity: Common
The Australorp is of Australian origin, developed as a utility breed with a focus on egg laying. It achieved world wide popularity in the 1920s after the breed broke numerous world records for number of eggs laid. The most popular color is black, which is the only color recognized in the United States. However, blue and white are also recognized in its home country. South Africa recognizes buff, splash, wheaten laced and golden as well.
The Australorp is a great starter bird if your new to chicken keeping. The chicks are hardy and very easy to raise. * Dual Purpose: provides 2 kinds of resources, meat & eggs.
It’s difficult, but not totally impossible to determine the sex of a Silkie. There are signs that can help you long before the first egg or crow of a rooster. Behavior and size can be a good indication of sex.
Roosters are often more bold, have that sturdy or stronger look, and sometimes they are larger. These are noticeable traits, even when chicks are still in the brooder. Look for brighter, or sharper distinction of color in birds of the same when they reach 8 or 9 weeks. Rooster seem to stand out more, dazzling you with a little wow factor.
These Silkies are all just under 3 months old, 2 white, 2 buff. The white Silkie pictured below is probably a Rooster. He is much larger, and has been at the top of the pecking order since the second week of life. The size between pic 1 and 2 is obvious, recognizing behavior traits is something you’ll notice by watching your own birds.
All we really can do is learn behavior traits of roosters and recognize indications such as size. But I must admit, I’ve been absolutely positive on having a Silkie rooster… and been surprised 6 months later when it laid an egg. Gotta love those Silkie Bantams!
FYI: Most, if not all hatcheries sell only straight-run (unsexed) Silkie Bantams except My Pet Chicken. They offer sexed female Silkie chicks at a higher price. They also will ship only a few. They did a good job sexing five female Silkies for me, 4 out of 5 were indeed females.
If your new to keeping chickens you may have already witnessed social drama in the chicken yard. Sometimes it can get ugly when a flock is establishing a pecking order, and it’s especially disturbing to watch when introducing new birds. I hope this article helps you better understand the social behavior among chickens. Once you learn how it all works, you’ll find your own clever ways minimize trouble.
Tips: Provide food and water in more than one place so the lower birds in the pecking order aren’t bullied. Don’t overcrowd the coop or yard, offer enough space, allowing weaker birds to escape to safety from the dominate ones.
What Is The Pecking Order And Why Is It Important?
By Pinky | Backyard Chickens
The chicken is a social bird that enjoys the company of its flock. Many social animals work out a hierarchy, and the chicken is no exception. The hierarchy created is a means of attaining and keeping order. When referring to this ordered social structure in chickens, and sometimes other bird species, it is called the Pecking Order. Read Article