Do roosters fight?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by xjonesy, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. xjonesy

    xjonesy Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 13, 2009
    Looks like my 6 pullets turned out to be 2 roosters and 4 hens. They're 15 weeks old and I'm just realizing that the two are likely roosters. If they were, wouldn't the two roosters have been fighting? They're all 15 weeks old and the roosters just started crowing.

    How early do roosters start crowing? And if they are truly roosters, shouldn't they have been picking at each other or fighting?

  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    Not necessarily, if they have established thier pecking order, and the lesser one is willing to always be #2 then there should be no fights. Especially if raised together. Seperate them for a week, then try putting them back together, and all bets are off, the Old #2 may decide to challenge for top spot.
  3. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    With 4 hens and 2 roo's you will probably have to cull one. Even if they get along with each other they will wear those 4 hens out. They are about at the age that they will want to breed. Good Luck
  4. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    I ended up with my two EE's being roos - darn it, I wanted blue/green eggs.

    The one that has always been friendly to me is top roo and the other who was always my henny penny chick who hates people lets the other be top roo.

    My only problem is the hens seem to prefer the other roo since the aggressive one is always snatching them by the checks and mounting every chance he gets now. They don't even want to come out of the coop.

    Again this morning, the aggressor was the only one off the roost running around the poop door waiting to be let out and all the others - 1 roo and 8 hens were still on the roost.

    I'm homing my aggressive roo on Friday to a farmer friend of the feed store I got them from.

    I'm curious to see how the other roo and hens will act with the other roo gone.
  5. garngang

    garngang Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Central Arkansas
    im in the same place as you xjonesy. i had hoped to have 12 pullets and now have 3 roosters in the mix. i have also been wondering if i am gonna have to get rid of 1 or even 2 of the roosters. they are around 10 or 11 weeks old. 2 of them are crowing and one is sort of crowing...haha. i have seen them trying to mate so is this around the same time they would fight if they were going to???? they were all raised together so i am wondering what my chances are that the 3 of them will get along? also would 3 roosters for 9 hens be too much for the girls??? i would love some advice please bc i really dont want to have to put my roosters down....
    thanks so much
  6. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    Time will tell but i think your chances for success are better since they were raised together. I had 6 rir packing peanuts that were raised with my flock. That made 7 roosters for 11 hens. I have all feather legged breeds so the rir's were going anyway. They were competing over the hens when i took them away. They are much less stressed now. Good Luck
  7. LilbitChicken

    LilbitChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    BUMMER>...yes, raised together, and stay together, they will get along.....(for the most part) BUT you must have enough hens in the same coop......10+? I am waiting to see how many out of my last brood of chicks are pullet or cockerel..... [​IMG] I am hoping for only 1 or 2... so I just need to rehome the boys. [​IMG] MAYBE....or we just expand our little farm....a few more coops......[​IMG]
  8. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2008
    My 2 bantam Brahma roos have been best pals since birth & never wear hens out (They're not aggressive breeders, plus I think all their feathering provides some buffer between them and the hens). They've accepted an Ameraucana cockerel & 3 pullets in with them now, along with their 1 previous Brahma hen.
    My large fowl Wyandotte has accepted 1-2 Ameraucanas with him at various times after an initial 2-8 weeks of squabbling. There have been 3-6 hens in with them. 1 or 2 hens start to get somewhat barebacked but I put chicken saddles on those & then it's okay.
  9. garngang

    garngang Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Central Arkansas
    Hmmm...I have 3 roos and 9 hens. Not enough girls to go around is it? I'm gonna be bummed if I have to get rid of a couple. My coop is 8 x 8 so I really can't get more than like 2 more hens. So what to do now....wait?
  10. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I think the reason that cockerels who are raised together fight less is that they've already established their pecking order and don't have much left to prove. It seems that roosters try to first come to an agreement without bloodshed, if possible. They first posture & pose, raising hackles & fluffing feathers. If one will concede at this point, they won't resort to fighting. The winner may then chase the other across the yard. But if they can't come to a mutual decision this way, then they begin to spar & peck.

    A new, unknown rooster added to the group will often get pecked into submission, or fight his way to the top. I keep a large flock of layers with several roosters to husband them. They all co-exist more or less peacefully, but every so often they'll fight to re-establish their positioning, occasionally pounding the giblets out of each other. Then the next day they're back to living together without fighting.

    I had a group of home-hatched chicks of assorted ages all together in one tractor. When they got old enough to determine their sexes I divided the group into the For Sale pen (pullets) and the Dinner Theater (cockerels). There was one slow-maturing cockerel left behind with the pullets for a few weeks, and when I put him in the Dinner Theater the other guys beat him up. They're like schoolyard bullies, if one shows fear they'll all gang up on him. I had to put him back with the pullets for now.

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