2 roos & 3 hens problems coming?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nutmeg, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. nutmeg

    nutmeg In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2007
    I have 2 roosters and 3 hens. Fortunately they all get along.
    Chickie was my first attempt at hatching and he is now 18 months old. Hessy and Spookie were bought this summer and are the same age.
    Chickie has chosen Spookie as "his girl". But Hessy is Queen of the flock and the two roam around together ruling their "kingdom"
    Henny and Penny were hatched this last May. Henny turned out to be a rooster. I guess names don't help determine gender!!!
    Anyway, they are 28 weeks old. Henny is demonstrating his male behaviors and chases Penny and Hessy every where.
    This does not seem to bother Chickie at all. The girls will run to him and duck behind him and he just steps out of the way.
    I am happy that so far there are no problems and hope that none develop.
    I am gone much of the day so I don't want to come home to an ugly surprise. Will the peace in my coop continue? Please say yes, it is a small coop!!
    I can't believe how much enjoyment I get out of these birds. I did it originally for a school project for my class. Now I can't imagine not having them. Even hubby is semi attached.
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Hate to say this, but problems are VERY likely to show up as they fully mature.

    Build a second coop & run, get more hens and seperate the roo's and you'll be set!
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I foresee 3 bald hens and a badly beat up rooster in the future if you don't get more hens and get rid of a rooster.
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    1 rooster to 8 or 9 hens...
  5. JudyMcKinn

    JudyMcKinn Songster

    Jan 24, 2007
    SW MO
    Yes, the hens will get all the feathers clawed out of their backs from over-breeding. I would get rid of a rooster, or as suggested above, make a 2nd coop and get more hens, and have 1 roo with each group of chickens. Good Luck.
  6. anniemyth

    anniemyth In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2007
    Clark county, Indiana
    I gave one of my Jersey Giant Roos away to a lady who had only hens. My two roos were posturing at one another, chest bumping and ruffling neck feathers, and I didn't want their blood to be on my hands. Craigslist is a great resource.
  7. redwa

    redwa Songster

    Aug 9, 2007
    My hens have finally grown their feathers back after being overly mated by the roo (1:5 ratio). It was too stressful for them, especially his "favorites". I didn't understand that there needs to be a balance between # of hens to roos. We now have 10 hens and I am thinking about getting a roo again.
  8. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    My roo is getting pecked by the very hens he is suppose to protect. It has just started happening in the last week, they are pecking all of his tail feathers out, he has been with them since they were all chicks. Last week was the first time I saw him mate one of the girls, could this be why?
  9. JudyMcKinn

    JudyMcKinn Songster

    Jan 24, 2007
    SW MO
    Be careful they don't get his tail bleeding, or he will be in serious trouble. How many hens to you have, and is the the only roo? Can you put something that tastes bad on his tail? I don't know -- red pepper, alum, ?? Just a thought. Frustrating when they start something like that.
  10. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Hey Judy, I have 9 hens and have been putting wound dressing on him. My feed store does'nt carry Bluecoat, but they do have this. It looks like tinture of violet and seems to be working as I have not seen him being pecked on lately. Thanks

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