Age when roo's take over the flock?

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  1. Shaunassy

    Shaunassy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone,

    I am curious as to whether there is an age when one of my two roos will take charge of the flock?

    I have two 5 month old Ameracauna roos who have been crowing a month and a half and recently started to practice mating with two pullets their age by force. They have grown up with my other 9 full grown laying hens but have yet to assert any sort of dominence over them. They just harass the two ameraucana pullets who arnt anywhere near ready to lay.

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    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Usually it will take until they are more mature, I would guess maybe next spring, but not all roosters will mate hens that are more mature than them.
     
  3. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They usually have to dominate the hens before they can take charge,or even want to really knowing they are not even the boss.

    Usually by 6 or 7 months they start taking charge.Even starting now they might begin trying.
     
  4. tmarsh83

    tmarsh83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I added a black cochin roo this year (2/29 hatch), along with 10 other pullets to my previous three laying hens.

    He stayed well clear of the older ladies until about a month ago.

    The leghorn gave in first, the two BR squared off with him several times, full-on cock-fight style, a couple times. with him getting his butt whooped, before he won them over.
     
  5. Shaunassy

    Shaunassy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies guys :) I hope they will want to turn their attentions to the older hens soon. I feel so bad for the two hens their age. Any chance the roos can catch them off gaurd they are grabbing their necks and trying to climb on them
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Some folks isolate young cockerels for this reason, until the pullets are ready.
    Having multiple males can setup an environment of competition, making both/all males more aggressive.
    11 females for 2 males is not a great ratio, unless the males figure out a 'peaceful' relationship,
    so you might seriously think about getting rid of one of the males.
     
  7. Shaunassy

    Shaunassy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning on getting rid of one but just want to see who is the better fit for the flock. But i'll prob isolate them in my 16x16 brooder pen. Thanks for the advive/reply
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  9. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Out Of The Brooder

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    My lead hen beats the tar out of every rooster I offer, regardless of his age. She's about a year old. That being said, I screen my Roos pretty carefully before buying/adopting, so none of them have been overbearingly aggressive.
     
  10. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is that hen?Never have heard a grown roo get his wits beat outta him by a hen.
     

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