So a few questions, we have two groups of birds that we have successfully integrated, one group is 16 weeks old the other is 13 weeks. The first group is 16 Delaware chickens and 6 black Australorp chickens. The younger group is 6 lavender guineas and 6 cinnamon queen chickens. The first issue is we have 6-7 roosters. Starting there we have 5/6 Delaware Roos and one BA roo. The BA roo crowed the other day first and walks around like he owns the place until i enter the coop and then he's quiet and just eyes me the whole time and he's also 2/3 the size of some of the biggest Delawares I have which surprised me.
So the first question is does the first roo to crow make him the head rooster?
Will the other roos crow too and the one that crows the most is that one the head roo?
We are looking to cull some of the roos out of the flock but we hesitate because we don't know which one is the head roo yet, so what should we look for in the roo's that we do keep (we have a total of 21 pullets with 6 guineas)? Theyre all good roos, two of the delawares are big birds, Big mac and Rocky, but Big mac is very skittish around people, rocky not so much. Although lately he hasnt like us trying to pick him up XD.
I've heard that roos that grow up together are less likely to beat the stuffing out of each other and all these roos grew up from day one in the brooder box and they havent been too agressive except for when they were establishing who's who after the younger birds got in there.
Second question is we want to free range them but there are alot of foxes, red tails and coyotes in the area and the occasional coon. We are going to be getting 2 livestock guardian dogs soon to help deal with predators but what should we do when we first let the go free consistently. I let the older birds out twice so far for a few hours then shoved them all back in because of a red tail flying nearby (our neighbors have doves and quail running around).
Thoughts on how to effectively deal with them as well?