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Hi All,

We sadly lost our cockerel a couple of weeks ago - I think I mentioned on my thread about our sick hen (now seems ok after her antibiotics *touch wood*). He seemed a little off colour on the Friday and was dead Saturday morning when I went to check on them which was a bit of a shock as he was only 1 year old.

I have given them a couple of weeks to settle and all seem happy and healthy and would like to start thinking about replacing him. Where is a good place to look? I was very lucky with him as he was a nice gentle boy and I would like another good natured chap. Are any breeds better than others for this? 

There are ad's online for cockerel's but i don't want to just buy/rescue a complete unknown and I want to make sure he has been raised properly and vaccinated etc where required.

Thanks for the advice.

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My experience of good natured cockerals is limited to orpingtons (bantam and large), LF sussex and LF brahmas.  However, really its down to individual birds, so at one level anything is a risk.  Although rehoming is often luck of the draw, I would probably look at a reputable breeder first, they are often happy to give away a cockeral for nothing.  Another avenue might be your local vet.

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Orpingtons suffer in later life from chronic hip problems due to the show breeding of a heavy chest, so I would avoid them even though they generally have a nice nature. We have a very nice Wyandotte. I agree with Daphne, try reputable breeders as they will always have extra healthy cockerels.

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Our local Bantam breeder had lots of young cockerels in the run with our girls.  Most breeders have too many so you should be able to find one from a local breeder 

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