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I see many purebred chicken breeders keep their breeding birds in runs, 1-2 Roos to a group of hens

 

Do these pairs of roos often fight? Asking because my intent is to have run of Cream Legbars, a run of Barnevelders and a run of Delawares for breeding and 1 -2 roos per run

 

Right now I have 3- 7 week old Roos together in the house til coops get built and when they get argumentative I squirt with water and it works very well. They almost never wrestle anymore BUT none these are the roos who will be sharing space in the breeding runs. 1 is leaving for a home and the remaining 2 are not the same breed

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I see many purebred chicken breeders keep their breeding birds in runs, 1-2 Roos to a group of hens

 

Do these pairs of roos often fight? Asking because my intent is to have run of Cream Legbars, a run of Barnevelders and a run of Delawares for breeding and 1 -2 roos per run

 

Right now I have 3- 7 week old Roos together in the house til coops get built and when they get argumentative I squirt with water and it works very well. They almost never wrestle anymore BUT none these are the roos who will be sharing space in the breeding runs. 1 is leaving for a home and the remaining 2 are not the same breed


Often I have more than one rooster with the flock.  They may get along. Sometimes they won't.  (In which case the ones who didn't get along would not be there.)  But what could also happen is that while all your rooster get along, only the dominant rooster is the one breeding.  Or they on their own could divide the flock.  Not so that each rooster keeps his own hens but that each rooster breeds certain hens.  I've had this happen.  The dominant rooster had the flock.  Both roosters got along.  The flock "belonged" to the older rooster.  Then one pullet was following the younger rooster, then another. Finally they all ended up with the younger in a bloodless coupe, although the older was still in the flock and they worked together.

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THANK YOU!

Diane

 

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Diane

 

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Originally Posted by rottlady View Post
 

I see many purebred chicken breeders keep their breeding birds in runs, 1-2 Roos to a group of hens

 

Do these pairs of roos often fight? Asking because my intent is to have run of Cream Legbars, a run of Barnevelders and a run of Delawares for breeding and 1 -2 roos per run

 

Right now I have 3- 7 week old Roos together in the house til coops get built and when they get argumentative I squirt with water and it works very well. They almost never wrestle anymore BUT none these are the roos who will be sharing space in the breeding runs. 1 is leaving for a home and the remaining 2 are not the same breed


Often I have more than one rooster with the flock.  They may get along. Sometimes they won't.  (In which case the ones who didn't get along would not be there.)  But what could also happen is that while all your rooster get along, only the dominant rooster is the one breeding.  Or they on their own could divide the flock.  Not so that each rooster keeps his own hens but that each rooster breeds certain hens.  I've had this happen.  The dominant rooster had the flock.  Both roosters got along.  The flock "belonged" to the older rooster.  Then one pullet was following the younger rooster, then another. Finally they all ended up with the younger in a bloodless coupe, although the older was still in the flock and they worked together.

Are they confined to a run or free ranged?

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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right now they are chicks, but thy will be confined to their individual breeding group run. 3 breeds, 3 different coops/runs. I know that is how almost everyone I have dealt with and bought eggs from does it. Just wondered what the reality of 2 roos/group was

Diane

 

D's Birds & Bees

Working Class Canine Wildlife Recovery

Frontier Rottweilers

Dogs by Diane Portraits

 

Barnevelders, Crested Cream Legbars, Delawares

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Diane

 

D's Birds & Bees

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Dogs by Diane Portraits

 

Barnevelders, Crested Cream Legbars, Delawares

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Are they confined to a run or free ranged?


Both, we have coops with covered runs, one for the adults and another for the young ones who aren't totally integrated yet, but they get free range time each day, and they all sleep in the same coop.

     Sometimes if I've had a hatch with too many roosters I will make up a bachelor pad but usually they get to free range with the rest.

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