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Too many Roosters (don't want to give away or eat) HELP!!

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We have two large roosters and four hens. The hens are suffering due to the fact that there are one too many roosters. We are animal lovers and do NOT want the roosters to be eaten or given away. We want to know ways that we can give our ladies a break, but still have the boys.

 

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post #2 of 7
I built a separate coop for my roosters you can always do that.
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I too would give them their own pen
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #4 of 7

:welcome

 

Folks seem to find a "bachelor pad" works well. Housing males apart from the females helps the males get along well and allows the females relief from mating attention. Some folks feel it works best if the males and females are quite separate, as in out of earshot, but I've had them fairly close and it's gone well.

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #5 of 7
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Hi, thanks so much for the tip. I was wondering if you have to keep them separate at all times, or if you can let them be together sometimes.

post #6 of 7

You can separate them or get more hens. :)

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You'll have to play that one by ear.  You could allow one roo out to visit the ladies now and then, and see how it goes.  Unfortunately, even when you get sexed pullet chicks from a hatchery, roosters end up being a consequence.  The only way to avoid it is to have auto sexing or sex linked chicks, or get started pullets.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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