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Can Chickens Bond To Each Other?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FluffyFlockLove, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. FluffyFlockLove

    FluffyFlockLove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2016
    Hedley British Columbia
    I currently have two young Sumatra roosters in a coop together with two hens. None of them are mature yet and the rooster are siblings and seem to be best buddies. I am moving them to a larger run with tons of roosts, ground space, two swings, and a fair sized coop. I know that the breed only gets aggressive during the high season. I was wondering if it would be safe for me to continue to house the roosters together as they are growing up together and seem to be best buddies. I have heard stories where people have had great success housing to rooters together. I was wondering if my two roosters who are brothers and growing up together have possible bonded and will be okay if I continue to keep them together
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I've kept rooster pairs together with great success, and occasionally not as great. In spring there can be some sparing which doesn't get too serious, occasionally 2 will really go at it, but even than in most instances, if allowed to fight to the conclusion, and space for the loser to get away, they are back to being best buddies again.

    My one advice is to only break them up if you plan never to put them back together, otherwise with enough space and hens multiple roosters can coexist, with brothers forming coalitions, always falling back to each other's company.

    Occasionally 1 rooster will decide he wants his brother dead or gone and the fight will be one sided and quite severe. If this is going to happen, it will probably occur between the ages of 6-18 months. I've only had one do this, and he was butchered.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How old are they?
  4. FluffyFlockLove

    FluffyFlockLove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2016
    Hedley British Columbia
    They are both just over 6 months old. They seem to be doing fine so far with just the two girls and are best buddies

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