Chickens Fighting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Faizan0, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Faizan0

    Faizan0 Hatching

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    Hi
    I have 4 hens and 2 roosters and they are 2.5 to 3 months old I keep them in a wooden cage inside my house so today all the two roosters were fighting and when I removed one rooster the other rooster started pecking hens so I wanted to know why they are doing this and what should I do
    I separated 1 rooster from all of my chickens and he is I guess good now
     
  2. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Tell me about these chickens and this cage.
    What kind of chickens? How big is the cage? :)
     
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  3. emmalemons

    emmalemons Chirping

    Sorry about your roosters. I had a similar problem a year back when I had two roosters with 6 chickens. The chickens fought until at one point the one had given up. My conclusion was that there was not enough chickens for both of them for them to do their business (if you know what I mean). After I gave one of my roosters away, the beautiful barred rock went back to doing his job on protecting his hens. I suggest that you decide on either getting more chickens than just 4, or giving one of your roosters away. Hope you can figure it out!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Ditto Dat^^^
    Am guessing crowding is the main issue.
     
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  5. aurajean515

    aurajean515 Chirping

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    My guess is there’s not enough space for them all. Also, 4 hens is not enough for 2 roosters. Not only will overbreeding become an issue, but the roosters will fight much more often than if they had maybe 6 girls per roo. Not sure why you’re keeping them indoors, but if its possible moving them into an outdoor coop would be the best and healthiest thing for them. Secondly, I would consider rehoming one of your roosters, or getting some more hens! Once you give them more room of course.
    After that, your problems should disappear! Of course there will always be minor squabbles within the flock, but nothing to worry about.
     
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  6. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Yep, and these are on the edge of teenager crazy time too.
    Stuff is going to get ugly in that cage, ugly and pecky.
     
  7. Faizan0

    Faizan0 Hatching

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    I arranged an outdoor coop but it's under construction right now so I have to keep them inside for a while, so it's their time to breed? Thanks for your time...
     
  8. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    The cockerels are beginning to hit puberty and are getting ready to breed, however your pullets are far from that point.

    Given the tight quarters they are in now you should separate the sexes. The presence of the pullets will make the fighting between the males worse. If you remove one to alleviate that problem you will create another in that the remaining cockerel will harass the pullets to no end.

    What is the size of the coop under construction? Since you only have a few pullets you should consider removing one, or even both males permanently.
     
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  9. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    What breed of chickens are you working with?
    Big difference on what will be the needed space between say barred rocks and seramas.
     

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