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Rooster chaos (coming of age??) HELP

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OK so I have a Buff orp and RIR rooster that just turned 1 year old 3 days ago. They have had their squabbles and such,but nothing serious. Actually a month ago The Buff Roo (Summer) sprained his leg pretty badly and I kept him inside for 3 weeks. When he healed up and I tried to put him with the flock the RIR roo (Thorin) wouldnt have it. They fought and I thought because they where older and I separated them that they would never be ok with each other again.I tried a different tactic I introduced them slowly keeping  Summer in at night and tended both their wounded, then let him free range with them in the afternoon. Amazingly after a week or two of this they were fine with each other. I was really shocked!! SOOOO this morning I saw the two squabbling and thought nothing of it. I went to let them free range and Summer and Thorin were fighting and blood was flowing. The wounds didn't look too bad and I let them out to get a closer look. They continued to fight the WHOLE time they were outside!! I had to stop them and eventually take Thorin away. I tended his wounds and realized it was getting dark so put him in with the others. Why are they fighting like this?? So they turn one and decide they hate each other?? They also both favor one of the hens and fight over her constantly,could this be a problem also?Is there any thing I can do?? Helpppp. I plan on selling Summer any ways but untill that happens is there anything I can do??

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If you already have plans to rehome one then separate that one now.

 

Other than that, how many females do you have and how much space do they have (coop size, run size free range)?

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It spring, many roosters will fight for the right to be dominant this time of year to get all the best mating rights. You'll have to decide how to deal with them. I keep multiple roosters and mine free range so the loser can always get away. They will fight to exhaustion quite often and will be pretty beat up looking. They may determine dominance than be fine or they could keep at it. You may have to keep switching them out.
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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 6

Hormones are a flowin'!!!

Pecking order is fluid..can change at any time.

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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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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Thanks for all the replies guys!! I separated the Buff Roo for a day in a pen next to the run. I put him in the next day and the Buff Roo just avoided the RIR roo. It seems he came out on top. The day after that they were perfectly fine with each other. No squabbles. They even ate together with their heads close together. They are weird.....:idunno

post #6 of 6
That's exactly why I stay out of most fighting, after they heal up they go back to being friends. They are weird.
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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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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