adding another roo to the mix?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dave_Cash69, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    i have a bunch of hens together, i mean a bunch. around 20.. and one rooster. if i add another rooster, can they live in harmony, mount theyre hens, and not kill eachother?
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Songster

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    Just let them go at it until a boss is determined.
  3. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    I think the usual recommended ratio is 8-10 hens per roo, so you would probably be ok to add another one; your current roo may not appreciate it much, but they'd work out some kind of agreement sooner or later. [​IMG] I had 3 roos, recently rehomed one so now I have 2, and the subordinate roo is smart enough to stay out of the alpha roo's way. The Buff Orp roo (Moose) sneaks in his snuggles with the girls while Sarge is too far away to stop him. [​IMG]
  4. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    alright, i just dont want any fighting to the death
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, my two practically grew up together and the younger one is always getting beat up by his older brother. I'm even thinking of finding him a new home, but both are sons of my departed flock rooster and it's hard to let go. It's very hard to add a rooster to an established flock.
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I would quarantine him for at least a month. I would put him in a location where he can see the other birds and they can see him to get used to him being there. When you do finally let him join the flock there will still be some fighting as one will be the top Roo.

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