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post #1 of 15
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How can I raise roosters together without them fighting??  Or is it just in their nature to fight till death??  I have two little cockrels that were going at it and there was blood.  I want to keep both of them.  Is there a way to make them more friendly with each other??  I have seen pictures of roosters being raised together and grazing together and was just wondering how to come about doing this.

1 RIR Banty Hen, 1 Game mix Roo, and 5 little babies
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post #2 of 15

Hmmm, I have 3 silkie roosters and they never fight. They may show dominance once and a while but nothing real aggressive like.They have been raised together from the beginning. It may be the species of chickens also.
Sorry I wasn't much help. Good luck!!

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post #3 of 15

What kind of breed?  How old?  I tried to keep my Buff Orpington with my Dominique.  But the Orpington would chase him around.  I had to move him.

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"The true test of a mans character is what he does when no one is watching."
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post #4 of 15
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They are 13 weeks old.  And they are a cross between a RIR Bantam and Gamefowl Mix

1 RIR Banty Hen, 1 Game mix Roo, and 5 little babies
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post #5 of 15

Hmmm, I think the game fowls tend to fight more & more fiercely than other breeds.  Many roos will settle their arguments without bloodshed, just posing & posturing until one calls it quits.  But some birds, and some times, they'll beat each other bloody, and sometimes really bloody.  I think the combination of RIR, bantam, & game fowl genes will cause these guys to "take it outside" more than other birds.

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post #6 of 15

My roosters have been fine together and no real problems until this week two of my silkie roosters were going at it for a while.  I don't normally intervene but when I noticed they were still going at it and they both had drawn blood on each other I decided to separate the two.  However, I did leave one with the rest of the group and the one that was weaker I separated him from the rest of the flock and gave him his own hen.  I am going to may try and put them back with the flock tomorrow.  It really only seemed that these two had a problem with each other, but not too much of problems with my other roosters.  Maybe it is a personality thing like us humans sometimes have.

Flock keeper of:  RIR, Barred Rocks, Ameraucanas, D'Uccles, Cochins, and Silkies.
Wants:  Silkies, D'Uccles, Cochins, Polish top hats, Sultans, and any other foo foo birds we fall in love with.
Wanting to work on:  MFC Cochins, Candy Corn or Calico Cochins, Red Laced Blue Cochins, Lemon Blue Cochins, Sizzles, and any other creations we fall in love with.
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Flock keeper of:  RIR, Barred Rocks, Ameraucanas, D'Uccles, Cochins, and Silkies.
Wants:  Silkies, D'Uccles, Cochins, Polish top hats, Sultans, and any other foo foo birds we fall in love with.
Wanting to work on:  MFC Cochins, Candy Corn or Calico Cochins, Red Laced Blue Cochins, Lemon Blue Cochins, Sizzles, and any other creations we fall in love with.
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post #7 of 15

Hens are lovely, but the roosters have always been my favorites.  Their macho antics are always amusing.  Some breeds are more tempermental than others, so I have always rehomed the hot tempered ones for the good of all.

I kept 2 Bantam Salmon Faverolles roosters this year, they are only 4 mths old now & still getting along fine with one being the more dominant.  When we built their coop this year, I designed it to be able to section it & the large fully fenced yard off in the middle for 2 seperate areas.  Faverolles are generally docile & I want to keep both of them, so I am prepared to deal with the day that fighting will force their seperation.  Once their natural instincts kick in to be the mighty warriors that they are meant to be for protecting the flock, there will be no turning back & they will each need their own coops & hens to protect if they can't get along.  Meanwhile, we will all just enjoy the bliss of their youth.

Here they are at around 2 1/2 mths old.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/34342_2009_pepe_pierre.jpg


Edited by save the favs - 11/3/09 at 8:43pm
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world - The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Gandhi          *member:Faverolles Fanciers of America*
*Just Bantams* Salmon & Blue S Faverolles. All my hubby asks is I don't have 90 chickens again. Boxer, 2  Chihuahuas, koi fish & an Amazon parrot who will out live us all.
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"You must be the change you wish to see in the world - The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Gandhi          *member:Faverolles Fanciers of America*
*Just Bantams* Salmon & Blue S Faverolles. All my hubby asks is I don't have 90 chickens again. Boxer, 2  Chihuahuas, koi fish & an Amazon parrot who will out live us all.
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post #8 of 15

I have a pen with twenty cockerels and roosters in it right now.  There is always a certain amount of low level bickering, but no serious fighting.  Some breeds can be hard to live with though.

.....Alan.

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post #9 of 15

Right, like A. T. Hagan, I also have a pen of roos that are low to medium aggressive; they have an orderly system of pecking order.  But for the hen's coop, I like to keep the stress levels low; it's all about the eggs for them & all about whatever keeps them calm for me.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world - The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Gandhi          *member:Faverolles Fanciers of America*
*Just Bantams* Salmon & Blue S Faverolles. All my hubby asks is I don't have 90 chickens again. Boxer, 2  Chihuahuas, koi fish & an Amazon parrot who will out live us all.
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"You must be the change you wish to see in the world - The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Gandhi          *member:Faverolles Fanciers of America*
*Just Bantams* Salmon & Blue S Faverolles. All my hubby asks is I don't have 90 chickens again. Boxer, 2  Chihuahuas, koi fish & an Amazon parrot who will out live us all.
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post #10 of 15

I have 3 red pyle roos and the two oldest had to be seperated first part of this week. Any one in Nebraska interested in a Red Pyle roo?

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One amazing DH, 2 great DD's, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 17 chickens, 6 geese, 1 bunny and 4 ducks!
RIP Sam 2001-2010 you will be greatly missed
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Feathers tickle!!!
One amazing DH, 2 great DD's, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 17 chickens, 6 geese, 1 bunny and 4 ducks!
RIP Sam 2001-2010 you will be greatly missed
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