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Chickens Running Together? Do Roosters Fight?

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I hear so many people say they turn their chickens loose together and they'll mention having one type of rooster and another and another. Do the roos not fight?

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I have two brahma roosters, raised together.  All my chickens free-range together all day long. 
The only thing that comes anywhere close to fighting is when my subordinate roo tries to get a little "action".  When he does my alpa roo runs over and knocks him off the hen and growls at him.  That's it.  Mating aside, they get along just fine.
Every rooster is different of course.  Some seem to be looking for a fight at every turn.
edited for spelling


Edited by gritsar - 11/19/08 at 7:41am

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I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people. 

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people. 

A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, runner ducks, call ducks, two geese that are my feathered children, and a crossbeak silkie X named Dragon. 

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post #3 of 8
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Yeah I know roos raised together get along, but I'm talking about turning them loose together for like the winter when you don't use the eggs for much else than eating.

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Roosters raised together do not always get along. Mine fought like the dickens until the extras were butchered. I kept 3, and had to butcher another one because all he did was fight with the others.

Now I am down to 2 roosters that run together. The only reason they get along is because one is very dominant and the other is a complete pansy.

The only way to know if they will fight is to turn them loose. They'll probably fight in the beginning. If they are still fighting a week or two later you might have to separate them. Some people say you can keep them together as long as they aren't drawing blood.

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Meh... I have several roosters in pens together with hens, no fighting.  I have several roosters that roam the yard together with hens, no fighting.  I even have some roosters in a pen without hens, no fighting there either.  idunno

Now I do have certain individuals that I would not allow to be around other roosters.  They're special, lots of spirit & heart in them.  love

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post #6 of 8

I have 21 chickens and three of them are roosters.
One is an older roo and the others were rasied as day old chicks with the all the other chickens.
Occasionally Hoss (the older roo) will chase the EE roo  (Al Runion) around and try to spur him.  Usually it is when AL  oversteps his boundaries and tried to romance the ladies.
The other roo Dougie, seems to be invisible to Hoss.

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I have 8 roosters all running together with the hens.  They fought some when first released together, but now that the pecking order is established there isn't any.  However, the older ones seem to have their own set of hens and will go running when any of the other roos tries anything with them.

11 Black Aust hens 2 roos, 5 Barnevelder hens and 30 eggs in bator.
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11 Black Aust hens 2 roos, 5 Barnevelder hens and 30 eggs in bator.
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This is interesting. I may have to try it at some point. Won't be anytime soon.

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