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Can two roosters live together peacefully?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stone_family3, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Everyone is telling me my violet is most likely a roo and I have a 16 week old roo, that means I'll have three hens. Could two roos live peacefully together with only three hens?

  2. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Songster

    Aug 3, 2011
    Wiltshire, UK
    Roos can live peacefully with other roos in all batchelor groups if they grew up together but not sure about with hens aswell, I think the ideal is to have 2 hens per roo?
    Sorry its not a definate, my brain is struggling to remember the required info tonight. [​IMG]
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Thanks, I hate having to rehome them I ♥ them so much. Though I could probably talk DH into one more hen.........Just gotta be sneaky about it.
  4. It depends on the roos, your set up - you would need more hens, most likely they will get roughed up with all that rooster action.
  5. ourlittleflock

    ourlittleflock Songster

    May 28, 2009
    North Carolina
    I have 2 roos per pen of 3-5 hens - yes occassionally they put each other into place but 90% of the time all is peaceful.
  6. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Songster

    I thought the rule of thumb was 12 hens per 1 roo or 20 hens per 2 roos.

    But otherwise, yes, two roos can co-exist either in a bachelor group or with enough hens between them.
  7. fmizula

    fmizula Chirping

    Aug 8, 2011
    i currently have three roosters. one is the big dominant male and pretty much says dont mess with my ladies! he is a barred rock. my seckond in command is a lovely multicolored silkie who is small and still thinks he is big. when the rock tries to attack someone he comes running up after him like his little back up (large rooster does not like strangers or people with red shirts). and the silkie will not attack unless the rock says to. the silkie has be givin premission to mate with a few hens that are low on the rocks list. now the third one is a hatchling from the rock as his daddy. he is timid and does not crow at all (rock crows morning and night and silkie crows alll freakin day long but i love him he is soooo pretty!). he gets picked on if he does a chicken dance for one of the lower ladies. i haveent seen him be able to successfully breed with anyone although he does try when the other two are not looking [​IMG]. i think maby when he gets a bit older (now about 5months old) there may be more fights with him and daddy, but for now we are coexisting alright.

    EDIT: i have 15 females with them all
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011

  8. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    i have 4 roosters and about 18 hens... it works.. they each know their place
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Your hens will live a life of bare backs and maybe even nervous nonlaying if you have two roos per hen or even per three hens. Recommended is 1 roo per 10 hens but I've found that, if your roos are vigorous breeders, even that is too few hens. I've had two roos live together with only the occasional contest until one roo proves superior and after that no scuffles. But then, these roos had 30 hens from which to choose, so nothing really to fight about.

    So...if the conditions are right, yes..two roos can live together peacefully.
  10. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Thanks so much everyone, guess I'll have to rehome one.

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