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I definitely "think" I want to keep the white but I do really love the one w/ red on wings too..............I have 9 hens that are a year old plus the 4 newest pullets...........could I keep 2 roosters or would they fight over so few females? 

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I definitely "think" I want to keep the white but I do really love the one w/ red on wings too..............I have 9 hens that are a year old plus the 4 newest pullets...........could I keep 2 roosters or would they fight over so few females? 


You could have two roosters with 13 hens. If they start fighting you might have to get rid of one. Don't go by looks; choose the calmest, most friendly roosters. Basically the ones the girls follow around and get along with others well.

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1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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You could have two roosters with 13 hens. If they start fighting you might have to get rid of one. Don't go by looks; choose the calmest, most friendly roosters. Basically the ones the girls follow around and get along with others well.

x2 - a pretty rooster isn't doing anyone any good if he's abusive (aka overly zealous) with the hens and they don't like him.  Stressed hens = less egg production. 

 

Whether you're able to keep two roosters together will depend on their temperaments, individual personalities, chemistry and the size space they have.  I have two roosters in a small coop (showgirl and serama) who get along fine with just 4 hens between them because I free range, and because they're low key birds.  They spar every once in a blue moon, but nothing serious.  And I have a father/son pair (both seramas)  in a LARGE coop/run set-up who will bloody one another the first chance they get despite having more girls and free ranging - so I had to split the coop/run and can only free range one group at a time (which is a pain for me - would rather just let everybody out of the runs).  If it doesn't work out, then you'll either have to revise your set-up or let another roo go. 

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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