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post #11 of 20

welcome-byc  Depends upon the temperment of the birds.  It may work, but most likely it won't.  If your birds free range or have a very large pen so that the subordinate rooster can get away from the dominant rooster there is a greater chance that it will work.  Two roosters to four hens is not a good ratio.  Your hens will be over mated and even possible face physical injury from the roosters gang breeding them.

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post #12 of 20

I had five roosters in my main coop who were raised together, and they got along great. Not a single serious fight, not once!  They were sharing around forty hens and have quite a large enclosure.

However, they would sometimes choose one hen to bother and run her ragged, so I ended up creating a bachelor pen. I now have eight roosters and one male chukar in there, and they're interacting quite peacefully and doing well.

My advice is to always be careful when there's more than one rooster, though--keep an eye out to make sure no problems occur. Introducing two adult roosters to a flock of hens is rarely a good idea.

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My flock: 70+ chickens (serama, OEGB, various breeds of bantams, and many more!), 9 ducks (6 call, 3 east indies), 3 peafowl, 1 Narragansett turkey, 1 Canada goose. Plus 2 corgis, 1 border collie, 3 cats, 2 horses, 2 cockatiels.

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Works at a farm animal sanctuary, vegetarian, former wildlife rehabber.

My flock: 70+ chickens (serama, OEGB, various breeds of bantams, and many more!), 9 ducks (6 call, 3 east indies), 3 peafowl, 1 Narragansett turkey, 1 Canada goose. Plus 2 corgis, 1 border collie, 3 cats, 2 horses, 2 cockatiels.

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post #13 of 20

as everyone is saying it depends on how many hens and how much space and of course the temperament of the particular roos.  personally i don't like to watch even slight bickering.  so i guess it also depends what you are willing to tolerate.  it's definitely easier if they've been raised together or if they are free ranging and have plenty of room to run.  just recently we tried introducing a new rooster to the crowd. did NOT work even though we have lots of space and lots of hens.  i really regret the few minutes that we tried it.

post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by sourland 

welcome-byc  Depends upon the temperment of the birds.  It may work, but most likely it won't.  If your birds free range or have a very large pen so that the subordinate rooster can get away from the dominant rooster there is a greater chance that it will work.  Two roosters to four hens is not a good ratio.  Your hens will be over mated and even possible face physical injury from the roosters gang breeding them.


I agree with this,  even though my two roosters get along great,  they over breed my 7 hens when they are cooped up during bad weather.  I have to keep a hen apron on the favorite ones and occasionally separate the boys from the girls to give them a break!

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post #15 of 20

Yes... If they are both roosters, one needs to go... Because, like stated above, your hens can be injured.

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post #16 of 20

No, they don't always fight.  It depends on the personality of the individual rooster IMO.

When I had two brahma roos, Zeus was definitely the alpha and Thor accepted that.  Thor rarely stepped out of line and they did fine together.

Now Thor is the alpha and I have a 7 month old cockerel, Impy, in another coop with his own hens (pullets).  There's been some minor chasing of Impy by Thor, but mostly they ignore each other.  Impy only gets in trouble when he makes a play for some of Thor's hens. 

No one's getting hurt, no one's bleeding, so I leave them to sort it out.

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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, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #17 of 20

Dunno what it is about my flock, but I have 5 sexually mature roosters/cockerels and about 7 more young ones, with maybe 25 hens & pullets. There are 8 coops, but they all range freely.

The most I have witnessed is the occasional skirmish with flared hackles and some jumping at each other.  Nobody gets into any down & out, full-fledged fights.  They know Carl is head Roo and he will fluff up and intervene if any of 'em bother his favorite hens, and he also heads for any cockerel dust-ups that start. They decide they don't wanna do much more than call each other names, then.  And yet I have never seen him beat any of 'em up, nor found any damage of any worth on the any of the roosters. (Except for one young, bullied SF cockerel of very low status; pullets and cockerels alike from his own coop plucked him bald and kept him from feed and water.  He's inside now, recovering.)

So, I don't think it is inevitable that roosters will fight.

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #18 of 20

I re-homed my 23 week old EE hit on Sunday as I can't have roosters. The business where I took him (Urban Farm Store in Portland) finds farms that need a rooster so the guy had 4 other roosters he was taking that day. I was extolling how gentle this boy has been too me as Pete was taking him out of the carrier. After a very forceful pecking, Pete then got gloves and put Toby in the crate with 3 others roosters (a Turken, a Dark Brahma, and one other). It took about 5 seconds for my gentle Toby boy to start kicking major booty out of those other roosters! ep When Pete opened the crate, the other roosters came flying out! Toby was then put into a smaller carrier with another rooster who was being bossy to the others. "There's not enough room to fight." Right. My sweet Toby proceeded to beat up this other rooster too! th He then got put into a box by himself for a trip to the farm.

I think the answer is that they can fight but may not. hide

Good luck!

post #19 of 20

I have a similiar question,, I have a new flock of sex linked, and one rooster,, they are all about 20 weeks old, hens just started laying and the rooster is crowing.. NOW I want to introduce 4 new pullets ( 11 weeks old) and one rooster (11 weeks ) old,, should I be concerned about all the introductions,, also I am more concerned about the new rooster,, ?? any ideas,

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Originally Posted by dressageman26 View Post

I have a similiar question,, I have a new flock of sex linked, and one rooster,, they are all about 20 weeks old, hens just started laying and the rooster is crowing.. NOW I want to introduce 4 new pullets ( 11 weeks old) and one rooster (11 weeks ) old,, should I be concerned about all the introductions,, also I am more concerned about the new rooster,, ?? any ideas,
I would do the segregation/integration thing, penning the younger group up within sight of the original flock, for about two weeks. That way the groups "meet" without danger to anybody and the 11 week olds can put on a little bit more size. Then when you release the younger ones all at once, but still keep separate feeders and waterers so the older birds don't shut out the younger ones.

Don't interrupt the pecking order process UNLESS there is blood drawn. Let them challenge each other. You will end up with a dominant and #2 roo, hopefully without much trauma.

It is always better to introduce multiples rather than single birds. It spreads out the attention, if you know what I mean. smile.png

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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