sadierae

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I agree. Each bird varies according to their own personality. I have a Bachelor pad and they fight occasionally but it's only when the pecking order is getting rearranged. Otherwise, they do fine together. I haven't been successful in adding more cockerels but the ones that have been together since hatch, tend to do well in their own bachelor pad. I'm not saying that adding more is impossible, just that I haven't had luck doing it. Each birds personality is the biggest factor here, in my experience
I have no desire to add more Roos 😂. They are WAY more work than my sweet hens and they stress me out. I know nothing about chicken’s and my children bought me these for Mother’s Day. One of them is enormous and I think it may just be his breed but I’m not sure. If I get more chickens, it will be Cinnamon Queen hens. I’m just not trying to break my child’s heart by getting rid of one of her roosters.
 

MarkJr

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I personally would find a good home for both cockerels. Separate and free range might just bring on the ‘quick while I have a chance’ mindset and it get ugly.
The right cockerel and two females could be manageable IMHO.
 

black_cat

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I have no desire to add more Roos 😂. They are WAY more work than my sweet hens and they stress me out. I know nothing about chicken’s and my children bought me these for Mother’s Day. One of them is enormous and I think it may just be his breed but I’m not sure. If I get more chickens, it will be Cinnamon Queen hens. I’m just not trying to break my child’s heart by getting rid of one of her roosters.
IMO if you are going to keep the roos with the pullets, I would get more hens. However, if there is no issue that may not be necessary. If overmating is an issue you could get the hens some saddles. They may not like it though.
 

HeatherKellyB

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I have no desire to add more Roos 😂. They are WAY more work than my sweet hens and they stress me out. I know nothing about chicken’s and my children bought me these for Mother’s Day. One of them is enormous and I think it may just be his breed but I’m not sure. If I get more chickens, it will be Cinnamon Queen hens. I’m just not trying to break my child’s heart by getting rid of one of her roosters.
The boys are always the favorites! That's why I have SOOOO many cockerels and roosters. Even after turning into jerks, my daughter is the only reason most of them are alive. I'm embarrassed to admit how many cockerels & roosters I have. My neighbors probably hate me.
 

sadierae

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I do not free range my roosters/cockerels with my pullets/hens, especially if the boys spend their days away from/separated from the girls. Mating is the ONLY thing on their mind because they haven't been able to get to the girls all day. They may protect somewhat, but in my flock, predators aren't the first thing on their minds. They have tons of land to roam, but the boys just harass my girls way too much to enjoy their time
I think we are getting to a point of having to rethink community free range. Will the hens still lay more eggs if they are never in contact with the roosters? If not, what’s the point in even having the loud roosters?
 

sadierae

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The boys are always the favorites! That's why I have SOOOO many cockerels and roosters. Even after turning into jerks, my daughter is the only reason most of them are alive. I'm embarrassed to admit how many cockerels & roosters I have. My neighbors probably hate me.
They are absolutely beautiful and my girl is totally in love with them. But..... they don’t produce eggs, are extremely loud, and are kind of rapey 😂
 

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