1. RoostersAreAwesome
    If you have too many roosters, an easy solution is starting a rooster flock. A rooster flock is a flock of all roosters, with no hens.

    Feeding and Watering Your Rooster Flock
    If you have more than two roosters in your rooster flock, it might be a good idea to have more than one feeder and/or waterer. I have a rooster flock of seven, and I have two waterers and two feeders. It's not always necessary to have multiple feeders and waterers, especially if you always have the feeder full or have easygoing roosters.

    I also recommend people who have a rooster flock to feed flock raiser, grower, or all flock feed instead of layer feed. Roosters (and other non-laying birds) don't need the extra calcium in layer feed, and it can damage them if used for long term.

    Introducing New Roosters to Your Rooster Flock
    Sometimes, it's easy to introduce new roosters to your rooster flock, but sometimes it's not. When I first started my roo flock, I just put the new roosters into the roo pen and made sure the other roosters didn't hurt them too badly. But, I soon found out it wasn't always that easy. One day I added two cockerels and the other roosters wouldn't stop bullying them. So, I put the two new cockerels in a cage within the rooster pen for the night and let them out in the morning. The new cockerels were accepted and no blood was drawn. If you think the other roosters will hurt the new roosters or they already have, try putting the new roos in a cage within the pen for a day or two.

    How to Deal With Bullies
    In a rooster flock, a few fights to establish the pecking order are perfectly normal. But, if a rooster is constantly attacking/chasing another rooster, and not leaving him alone, you might have to intervene.

    Roosters will bully each other for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the pen/coop is too small for the roosters, and they're fighting because of stress and lack of space. Sometimes the bully is a young rooster who wants to dominate the other roosters. Sometimes you get a rooster who is just mean, or has a feud against another rooster in your rooster flock.

    There are several ways to deal with a bully rooster. One way is separating him for a little while from the rest of the rooster flock. When he's added back in, he will have to establish his rank all over again and might be too distracted to worry about bullying another rooster. Another way to deal with bullies is to expand the size of the roosters' pen/coop and add more feeders and waterers.

    Sometimes it takes a while for a new rooster to be accepted by the rest of the rooster flock. For instance, I added a new cockerel to my rooster flock and he got bullied for about two weeks before they finally accepted him. He still occasionally gets pecked, but it's only to remind him where he is in the pecking order.

    Thanks for reading my article! I hope it was helpful and that you learned something new about rooster flocks.


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  1. BabyBoss
    I love this. I've successfully kept as many as 6 in a group before and I currently have a pair of house roos. They get on great. Almost everyone asks me if they fight. No, they don't fight at all, they actually snuggle next to one another.

    Chickens are social animals. Cocks are dominant, but many breeds of chicken (except for those few bred to fight to death) will easily come to terms with one another and become close friends. Even when I had a bunch of roos and hens I often would see the roos together hanging out or doing rooster things. They did squabble for their place, but that's all normal behaviors.

    Now, my two boys get on perfect as house pets. They have each other to keep company when I am not with them. My boyfriend adores Spook who is his baby, and Boss is my beloved friend.

    And yes they do crow still. They crow to claim turf, not just hens, so they still have things to claim. :)
    1. Brahma Chicken5000
      That is so cool. What do you do about your indoor roosters pooping? Do they wear diapers?
    2. BabyBoss
      Yes they do. They have a cage they stay in when they are "naked" and when they are out they have little diapers to wear.
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  2. KikisGirls
    Will you please put a note in your article with a date when you update it so we know what is different. Thank you.
  3. birdofhermes
    great article! my adopted pet chicken turned out to be a rooster and i've been thinking about getting a companion .somebody said you're an expert on such things and I had never even entertained the idea of getting another rooster but this seems like a good option
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  4. Sara Ranch
    Thanks to RoostersAreAwesome, I had the courage to start adopting cockerels/roosters that needed a new home. To date, I have 28 cockerels/roosters in the Roo Gang, 4 cockerels about to move from a flock to the Roo Gang, and 3+ roosters on the wait list to come to Happy Ranch. (Current owners want them rehomed, but haven't made the effort to go collect the boys to deliver them.) I have an additional 3 cockerels that were adopted that I have been able to successfully have integrate into flocks.

    A new comer (cockerel/rooster) will often crow quite a bit when he first gets here. He usually settles down after a week of crowing. I usually hear more from a cockerel with a flock, then I do from my Roo Gang.

    There appears to be one "leader" in my Roo Gang. He will sometimes crow to remind me to let them out or that they want more food. He also, surprisingly, will sometimes break up squabbles or help out a new guy.

    I do things a little differently than RoostersAreAwesome and we reach the same end goal - save a boy chicken. :)

    *** Don't let my numbers scare you! I would still adopt more chickens (male and female) because I have the room and the love to share with them. I provide forever homes to a lot of different animals.
    1. RoostersAreAwesome
      Woah, 28 roosters! I wish I could have that much :D

      I'm curious, what do you mean by doing things a bit differently? Do you have a different method of integrating new roosters into your roo flock? Or is it something else? I'm always looking for ways to improve my rooster's enviroment. :)
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  5. peckpeckpeck
    Wow I never even thought this was possible. I always feel sad when I see cockerels needing new homes as they start crowing. Glad to know there are other options!

    Are your roosters the same size or mixed? What breeds do you have?

    Also do they ever interact with any hens or are they kept totally separate all the time?
    1. RoostersAreAwesome
      I have two standard roosters (a dominique and a cochin), one medium rooster (a faverolle mix; he's the alpha roo), and three bantams (two japanese bantam mixes and an OEGB).

      When I let the roosters free range they can see the hens through the wire on the hens' coop. They love to pace around the hen coop and sing the 'food song'. :)
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  6. crawfordrose
    Yay! Great article! I had to separate my boys from my girls during the warm weather months. It's nice to see other people doing the same! Some day when we can get some land I'd like to run a rescue for roosters that need to be rehomed, there are so many out there!
  7. RoostersAreAwesome
    If there's any incorrect information, something I need to add, or if you have any questions, please tell me!
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  8. 6th_Happiness
    how much do your roos crow.... the same amount as they would if living with hens, less, more?
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    1. RoostersAreAwesome
      I would say the same amount or less. I never hear my rooster flock, even though their coop is pretty close to my house.
  9. ChickyMama229
    Wow! I had just started a post about what to do with roosters, and someone commented and left me this link. Genius! I never thought of starting a flock of just roosters!
  10. CCinVT
    I was so excited to see this article. I have had a fox take too many hens, and left me in a position where I want to start a rooster flock. My boys are easy going, and have been great pets. New chicks (to get our hen numbers up is increasing my rooster population).
    My 2 cents on this article (only because it is info i'm currently looking for): What are Space requirements? Are they different for a rooster flock compared to a hen flock... coop : run. Square footage needs so that the boys have the space they need. Currently my 2 separated boys get along fine, but with upcoming new additions we want them to be set up with space they need.
    I appreciate you spelling out what your food station numbers are. People say to have "extra" but you are explaining what that means!
    Thank you for this article.
    1. RoostersAreAwesome
      I'm not sure about exact square footage, but I do know that you should have enough room that the roosters can stay away from each other if they want to. This also depends on the personalities of your roosters. If they get along really well, they don't need as much space.

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