1. RoostersAreAwesome
    If you have too many roosters, a simple 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's a good idea to have multiple feeders and waterers. Two or three feeders and two waterers is a good amount for most rooster flocks. Of course, it's not always necessary to have multiple feeders and waterers, especially if you always have a full feeder or have especially easy going roosters.

    To feed your rooster flock, many people recommend flock raiser, grower, all flock, or another similar feed instead of layer feed. Roosters (and other non-laying birds) don't need the extra calcium in layer feeds, and it can damage them if fed for long term.

    Introducing New Roosters to Your Rooster Flock
    There are a few different ways to integrate new roosters into your rooster flock. One way is to simply put the new rooster in the pen and make sure that he isn't hurt too badly by the existing roosters. When you have less roosters in your rooster flock, this method is more successful. It also works better if you have generally mild mannered or younger roosters.

    Another method of integrating roosters into your rooster flock is putting them into a smaller cage within the main rooster pen. I have had success with this method, and it's been helpful when the above method didn't work. It's especially useful when you have a larger number of roosters or a more assertive flock.
    I usually will only keep the rooster(s) in the smaller cage for a day or two, but if you feel that they need to be in there longer, then go ahead! I find that a large dog crate is usually sufficient when adding new roosters using this method.

    Most of the time I find that it's better to add new roosters to your rooster flock while they're free-ranging. This way the new rooster can easily get away from the others. It also prevents all the original roosters from ganging up on the new rooster(s) and injuring them more than necessary.
    Even if you have a large run, or if you can't free-range your roosters at all, they will still be fine as long as you take the proper precautions, such as the methods mentioned before.

    If you're afraid that your roosters are being too rough with the new guy(s), remember that comb and wattle wounds often look a lot worst than they actually are. I've had roosters get so bloody in the comb area that I thought they must actually be injured, but it always turns out that it's just their new over-enthusiastic flockmates trying to assert themselves. If you are still worried, don't hesitate to check up on the new rooster(s) and maybe even clean off their comb a little. I usually do this right after introduction, so I can also make sure the new rooster(s) is not injured in any other way.

    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 and/or 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 is too small, and they're fighting because of stress due to lack of space. Sometimes the bully is a young rooster who wants to dominate the older roosters that once bullied him. Sometimes you get a rooster who is just overly assertive, 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, usually within a week or so, he will have to establish his rank in the flock all over again and might be too distracted to worry about bullying another rooster. Another way to deal with bullies is to expand the roosters' pen and/or add more feeders and waterers.

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



    Thanks for reading my article!
    If you have any questions, feel free to ask them on this thread:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/rooster-flock-thread.1221382/


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  1. Silkie_Mom
    "Love it!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Sep 24, 2018
    I love the idea of a rooster flock! They look so peaceful once you take out the ladies. I'd like to see how some long-term rooster flocks do.
    RoostersAreAwesome likes this.
  2. Killer Tomato
    "Informative!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Sep 7, 2018
    A great article for integrating any new birds to the flock, not just roosters. Thanks for posting it.
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  3. Hamiam
    "Good subject"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 2, 2018
    Should a rooster group be limited to a certain number? Is it ok for the group of males to be in a run thats connected to a run of pullets? Could this cause more fights? At what age should a cockerel be allowed to join? Or is size the most important factor?
    1. RoostersAreAwesome
      I don't think the number matters that much, as long as the coop is big enough for the number of roosters you have. Also, a rooster flock of two is more prone to bullying than a rooster flock of three. Yes, it is possible that a connected run could encourage the roosters to fight more, but it shouldn't be too bad as long as they have lots of space to get away from each other. I think the time when you introduce new cockerels does depend more on size/maturity rather than age. 3-6 months is a good age range to introduce new cockerels.

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  1. RoostersAreAwesome
    *Added more pictures and made a few small edits
  2. renk777
    I can't afford to keep extra roosters on right now with such little space. But when we move and have acreage and space to really free range to offset the cost of the feed, then I'd love to do this! My boys are my pets and we can only justify 2, at most, right now :( But someday, I hope to have a just-roo flock for boys I hatch or others that need a home. Seeing this article made my day! Thank you! <3
      MROO likes this.
  3. Abriana
    Wonderful article! I’m so glad there are some more people out there who see the potential in roosters.
      MROO likes this.
  4. Jen2848
    Great article! I have been very slowly beginning my rooster flock with the six "hens" that were sold to me that ended up being Roosters. I love those bad boys!
      MROO and RoostersAreAwesome like this.
  5. jeepgrrl
    Thank you for the interesting post! Very handsome flock of boys you have there! :D
  6. bubbaj
    Thank you so much for this information. It is something I have given a thought.
      MROO and RoostersAreAwesome like this.
  7. ChickNanny13
    What breeds would you consider "docile" ...
    I always wondered why anyone never started a "sanctuary" for Roosters to live out their lives instead of having to go to Freezer Camp. Anything's possible with time & knowledge. Great article.
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    2. RoostersAreAwesome
      Japanese bantams, faverolles, seramas, wyandottes, orpintons, sussexes, leghorns...
      There are, of course, some exceptions. In my experience, Japanese bantams aren't the best with other roosters (they can be kept with others, but tend to bully more than necessary) but I've never heard of them attacking people.
      There is always a chance of getting an aggressive rooster, even if it is a docile breed.
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    3. SeramaMamma
      Lots of bantams are. Cochins, silkies, serama... serama in particular are very good with other roos. Mine totally ignore them and I've never seen them fight. They're prone to being picked on because of their quiet demeanors.
      MROO likes this.
    4. ChickNanny13
      I would LOVE to start one but don't think my Hubby nor neighbors would appreciate the BEAUTY of a Rooster Flock :(
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  8. RoostersAreAwesome
    *Updated to add new pictures
  9. Maddison
    Hey, I have a problem I'm hoping you can help me with. I have two roosters that fight (to the death if they were allowed) non stop and they don't even have any girls, they are seperate but I let them both out once and lots of blood was drawn... so how do I make a rooster flock when they try to fight to the death??
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    1. RoostersAreAwesome
      It sounds like you might not be able to. Sometimes some roosters just won't get along. It might help if you add them to an existing rooster flock, so they'll be distracted trying to figure out the pecking order and may not fight as badly.
      If it was me, I would keep one of the roosters with your hens and try to see if the other will get along with a different rooster.
    2. Maddison
      they were raised together and fought a bit as they grew up until we had to separate them, I only have two right now but I've just discovered one of my 'hens' will be a rooster, so I have to create a flock. one of the roosters have old English game in him so he's extra aggressive. they've both had the same girls before but we switched to a smaller rooster since they were way to rough for our bantam girls. do you know at all how bad I should let them fight before separating and trying another day?
    3. RoostersAreAwesome
      Two of my roosters, the flock leader and a new cockerel, got quite bloody fighting each other for leadership. The new cockerel ended up winning, then the next week the old flock leader won and became flock leader again. Other than bloody combs/faces, they were both fine. It could have ended much worst, so I watched them the whole time during the first fight to make sure they didn't pin the other or make the other too bloody.
      So, if you really want to try this, try watching them as much as you can. Maybe even separate them during the night to be sure they don't hurt each other.
      KikisGirls likes this.
  10. mshep02
    This is awesome! If I had land farther from the city, I would totally start a rooster flock! Thanks for the article.
  11. CascadiaRiver
    I'd never heard of a rooster flock before, though it's made me really excited because I've had this idea for a while of taking in unwanted roosters <3
  12. RoostersAreAwesome
    I've updated the integrating part of the article, as I thought it lacked some useful information.
  13. CorvusFarm
    This was a good read. Thanks for taking the time to write up your experiences.
      ZurcherFarms likes this.
  14. CorvusFarm
    This was a good read. Thanks for taking the time to write up your experiences.
  15. 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!
      jeepgrrl and Brahma Chicken5000 like this.
  16. 6th_Happiness
    how much do your roos crow.... the same amount as they would if living with hens, less, more?
      CCinVT likes this.
    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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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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