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2 Roosters vs 6 hens?

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I have a flock that I am decreasing. I'll have 6 hens and 2 roosters. One of the roosters was added to the flock as a chick and is pretty low on the pecking order (most of the old hens peck him). Will that be okay since he's never been in competition with our original roo?
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How old is the roo. if it is young he may not know to fight for his pecking order but he will when he gets older... some people keep two roos cause they have established a good pecking order... but that is not a guarentee.

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I would think think the older rooster will maintain control of the hens and the younger one will live slightly on the outskirts, until the older rooster passes. The older might occasionally chase the younger, as long as they don't join up and both mate the hens you should be fine, if they do you may need to get rid of one or switch them out occasionally.
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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.
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How old is the younger cockerel?

Why do you need 2 cock/erels?

2 cock/erels over 6 hens/pullets can be problematic. 

 

The males might get along.... they might not.

They might over mate the females..... they might not.

 

I'd have a place ready to separate one of the cock/erels......

....cause if/when it gets ugly, it can happen fast and the injuries can be severe.

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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