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Rooster in Bachelor Pad being picked on

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I have a bachelor pad with 5 roosters.  They have been together since about Sept.  Other than the first day, they all have been getting along.  They are only a week apart in age (8months)  Their coop is 8x4 and the run is 10x10, so I think they have plenty of room.  Within the last week they have ganged up on one.  No blood shed, but the jump him and chase him.  He does not seem sick at all.  The last 4 days he has been staying in the coop, on the roost.  I don't even think he is getting down to eat.  I hand feed him a couple times a day. 

What would be a solution to this?  I have another coop with 12 hens and 1 rooster.  I don't know if he would be welcome there??  Although he was raised with all of them.  Any suggestions?

Darla

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post #2 of 7

The others are looking for something to breed, and he has become the target.  Seperation.

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Originally Posted by sourland 

The others are looking for something to breed, and he has become the target.  Seperation.


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4 Barred rock hens, A RIR hen, A white rock hen, A wellsummer cross, a australorp hen, 1 pullet (leghorn), 1 cockeral RSL, 1 RSL hen, and 3 black sex links... 4 Austalorp chicks, 5 EE chicks, 4 BR chicks, 1 RL blue wyandotte chick.... Ducks 2 mallards, male and female..... a chihuahua, a mini dachshund, and a german wired hair pointer....
         *IM A CRAZY PULLET, The broody one*
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4 Barred rock hens, A RIR hen, A white rock hen, A wellsummer cross, a australorp hen, 1 pullet (leghorn), 1 cockeral RSL, 1 RSL hen, and 3 black sex links... 4 Austalorp chicks, 5 EE chicks, 4 BR chicks, 1 RL blue wyandotte chick.... Ducks 2 mallards, male and female..... a chihuahua, a mini dachshund, and a german wired hair pointer....
         *IM A CRAZY PULLET, The broody one*
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post #4 of 7

Get rid of him/them..........stew pot or find other homes for them.  Why feed roos that you don't need????????  My feedbill is crazy.  I am culling, culling, culling the low rent girls and slackers.

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Living the good life with husband of 33 years, three grown, married children, 4 grandchildren.  And about 550 hostas.
Raising heritage  LF RC RIR's,  a couple of Marans and a few olive and easter eggers for a pretty egg basket.

Member of the APA and Rhode Island Red Club of  America.
See why worming is so important:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=7474233

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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Well I guess I knew what the answer would be sad.  The problem is I really like them all (I know, I know).  Two of them are leghorns, huge and nice.  I really don't need them but they don't cause me any problems.  Last summer I bought eggs from a BYCer.  I incubated and raised FCM, Ameracaunas and a cross of both.  I wanted a colorful egg basket.  So the rest of the roos are from that hatch. 

I have the FCM and Ameracauna (EE) cross in with the hens.  The other three are Ameracaunas.  1 black, 1 bllue and one barred.  I was hoping to hatch again this summer with them. 

Ok so 1 more question.  Do you think I could keep a total of two roos in with the 12 hens?  They are in a 10x12 coop and a 10x20 run. 

Thank you for your help.  I do have someone who wants to cull the extras for me.  I was in a dream world thinking I could keep all of them.  The feed really isn't all that bad.  50 lbs of feed lasts the roos a long time.  Hmmm if I cull the roosters, I have an extra coop......more chicks.....chicken math!

Darla

If you choose not to decide.....you still have made a choice - Rush
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Darla

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post #6 of 7

Depending on the tempermentof the 2 roosters it might work.  If fighting, gang breeding, or overmating occur just get rid of one rooster.

Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
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Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much for your response.  I know what I have to do now!

Darla

If you choose not to decide.....you still have made a choice - Rush
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