2 Roosters Have Arrived !

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Well I ended up getting 2 Orpington roosters. They are currently housed together in my old 5x9 coop so I can keep them separated from the other 10 hens for alittle while. No aggression towards me or each other. Just my luck I wanted to have the Barred Lavender Oprington be the dominant one for breeding purposes and it looks like the Black one is boss. Here's a couple pictures.
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Nice birds. 2 large fowl roosters in a flock of ten hens may be too much wear and tear on the hens. Why not just add the rooster of your choice to the flock and keep the other as a back up ?
I'll keep an eye on how things go with the hens once I introduce them into the flock. To rough I will make chicken soup.
 

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Nice birds. 2 large fowl roosters in a flock of ten hens may be too much wear and tear on the hens. Why not just add the rooster of your choice to the flock and keep the other as a back up ?
I agree. If you try to put both males in with the females then they may start fighting and they may not. I would put the male you want to breed in with the females you want him to breed with. Maybe you have 4 or 5 females that are more desirable for breeding, put them together and the other male with the remaining females, or you can process one of them.

I pick out my best females and males for breeding and sell the rest. My birds are all pure breeds (heritage). I love to give someone a start with nice pure breeds. Often times I will sell a male with 2 to 4 females.
 
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aart

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Nice looking boys!!

Don't worry about the lav being 'low man',
he can still get the job done for you,
you just might need to do some creative housing.
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Not sure you're doing an actual quarantine, but here's some info to ponder:
Consider biological/medical quarantine:
BYC Medical Quarantine Article
BYC 'quarantine' search
 

RoosterML

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Nice looking boys!!

Don't worry about the lav being 'low man',
he can still get the job done for you,
you just might need to do some creative housing.
Chicken Juggling!

Not sure you're doing an actual quarantine, but here's some info to ponder:
Consider biological/medical quarantine:
BYC Medical Quarantine Article
BYC 'quarantine' search
I am not doing a full blown Quarantine, they are housed in a separate coop for now.
The small one in photo, main birds are housed in main building.
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Before I put them in the building I treated them both with Gaurdstar I think that's the name of it. In case of lice and stuff. I will treat them again in about 7 days. I have come to the conclusion that doing a true quarantine would be very difficult for me to achieve. To me it's everything from using different footwear to changing clothing when going from one to the other. I understand the potential risks involved but in reality between the kids and myself it ain't gonna happen.
 

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I would like to.

I am not doing a full blown Quarantine, they are housed in a separate coop for now.
The small one in photo, main birds are housed in main building.
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Before I put them in the building I treated them both with Gaurdstar I think that's the name of it. In case of lice and stuff. I will treat them again in about 7 days. I have come to the conclusion that doing a true quarantine would be very difficult for me to achieve. To me it's everything from using different footwear to changing clothing when going from one to the other. I understand the potential risks involved but in reality between the kids and myself it ain't gonna happen.
I usually set up my breeding coops after the first of the year. From your pictures, your small coop could be your breeding coop. Pick out your best females and put them with the male of your choice. Put the other male with the rest of the females. If something happens to one of the males, you will have a backup. It looks to me to be a nice setup. You may have a broody in the spring that will hatch some eggs.
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