Can a flock(of 10-15) have more than 1 roo or will that cause more crowing & fighting? (I have a 21 week & 9 week old male.) My 21 week Lav Orp does not crow much at all. (I know he's hen-pecked & not aggressive, so that may play a big part.) I suspect my 9 wk Coronation Sussex is male. My debate is whether to keep all 3 - knowing that the CS is possibly a male - or just one pullet. I will be placing the 3 9-wk-olds in the coop some night this week. (For their entire life, they've been in sight of the flock but in a separate chicken tractor while the flock free ranges.) Yesterday I locked them inside the flock's run, while everyone else was out. At some point I will slip them inside the coop while everyone's asleep, but they're sleeping inside the garage for now. I've always introduced new pullets in this gradual method, but never a cockerel. Will he get killed or plucked bald?
Is there a good chance of the boys getting along (both young) or will they continue to fight for years? We live in a neighborhood. When the crowing is minimal, everyone says they "enjoy" hearing it. I don't want to know what they'll say if I have 2 roos in a daily crow off.
Roos that grow up together do well. My oldest guy, Red is about 2 1/2 years old and allows new roosters. He will chastise them for treating the girls badly. If they abuse a hen, he attacks them. Mean roos do not do well here, the geese wont tolerate it, and Red stops it. You have to watch the flock to see how they treat your hens.
I just find that I am making ff every two day with these poults, so I'm worried its not really getting a chance to ferment. I'm using a Sams Club icing bucket, 5 gal bucket. It may be time to start fermenting 2 buckets for them. Although that's a good idea to keep dry out for them, I may just do that. First time with poults here, so wasn't too sure. The other turkeys were 4-5 months when I got them. Thanks!
On the fermenting...
Even if it isn't getting fully fermented, just soaking overnight goes a LONG WAY in reducing anti-nutrients. This is well-documented so you can rest assured that at least the soaking is helping some!
(I can send you some research references later is you're interested...at work right now with not a lot of time)
Wet feed is so much better even if not fermented. Dry food can encourage respiratory problems.