can you keep roos together

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by badnek, May 20, 2012.

  1. badnek

    badnek In the Brooder

    May 18, 2012
    philippines la union
    im new to this but i have 3 roos and 15 hens 2 of my roos keep on fighting til the point one hides somewhere what should i do??
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    It's natural for them to fight to be the dominant roo. Really, one roo is enough for 15 hens -- or two at most. They will likely get overmated with 3.
  3. HenFriend

    HenFriend Chirping

    May 5, 2012
    West Wales, UK
    Think it depends a bit on the breed, my silkies are mostly fine but I used to have a problem with some other mixed breeds. You may have to find new homes for a couple or maybe build more coops and keep them separate. Sometimes they can really injure each other and just won't give up.
  4. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Songster

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    I agree. 2 is the most I would put with 15 hens. You could make a bachelor pen. I have mine across the yard where the boys can't see the other flocks and it seems to be working well.
  5. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    west virginia
    i have two roos that stay together with the flock, they are from the same clutch and have never been separated, another runs outside the group, now if i introduce a new rooster there will definetly be bloodshed, the extra rooster is predator bait and he knows it. If i didn't have the space I would take him out, but right now he serves a purpose, and he is also from the same clutch. The best ratio is eight to ten hens per rooster.
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I agree with taking 2 roos out and putting them together in a bachelor pen. They will be fine if they were raised together. You can then try to re-home them or find someone who might want them for the table. It is always a problem with too many roos when you buy unsexed chicks or raise them from eggs. They are very hard to get rid of, and your hens' backs will be bare before you know it.
  7. badnek

    badnek In the Brooder

    May 18, 2012
    philippines la union
    ok tnx everyone for the advice looks like i'll build another coop for them..
  8. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    If two are fighting religiously, it would probably be best to either separate, or get rid of the one that is getting beat up.

    I've *mostly* had good luck with roosters. I try to either get them young or get roos that have been raised together. I have an older roo in my one coop and he is fine with other roosters as long as they are young. There are a few scuffles every now and then, but nothing major.

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