Do roosters require companionship?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SAHMof2, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. SAHMof2

    SAHMof2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2010
    My father and I have split our flock. I had too many roosters so I gave him one for future needs! Problem is he has a very happy block right now with two roosters that are doing well together.

    He also has another pen with pheasants and peacocks. Currently he's got the rooster in an old pen by himself as he is waiting to see if the peacocks eggs she is sitting on will hatch. They don't want to disturb the current chi they've got. In the meantime is it okay to keep the roo in his own pen all by himself and then move him into the peasent/peacock pen once we know more about the potential/new peacock chicks?

  2. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama
    I think all chickens like company. Flock animals like horses, goats, sheep are herd animals and like others of their own kind for company. Can't imagine many animals that like to be solitary all the time. The roo would probably be okay for a short time, but definitely would be happier with a hen or 10 [​IMG].
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    As a child we had a solitary rooster, Charlie, but he was a total pet. He strutted his stuff and crowed in the garden, came in the house and loved to be petted.

    He did not seem to be in anyway disadvantaged judged by his behaviour.

    We kept him for years like that, but he was more the family dog than the family rooster.
  4. kindir

    kindir Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2009
    I had a bantam rooster whose hen got killed by a predator. He lived alone for a couple of months before I found him another suitable hen. I though he was pretty happy as a bachelor, he still strutted around and appeared fine but let me tell you when I brought him his new hen he positively GLOWED!!! She wasn't terribly thrilled with him initially, but he won her over and they became my very favorite pair.

    so, yes, they really do prefer companionship. Can they live without it, sure, but they really won't be fully happy without at least one hen (or 10, as previously mentioned!! lol)
  5. Blue

    Blue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2010
    They like companionship, but as long as you have him somewhere where he can see and hear the other birds, he should be fine.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2011
  6. SAHMof2

    SAHMof2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2010
    Thank you so much. He can hear them all where he is. Hopefully it will only be until the peacock chicks are sorted out. In November I'll bring him (SLW) my only SLW hen. Hopefully they'll make beautiful babies.

    Charlie sounds like a wonderful addition to a family!
  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    That could be answered just by asking yourself it you like company. Why would another animal be that much different?

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