Does anyone have "Rooster Pens?"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by muscovy94, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey everyone a few days ago I was thinking about how I hate hatching roosters and how hard it is to find homes for them, and a thought came to my mind. Does anyone keep rooster pens? Like chicken pens just for your unwanted roosters that you can't find homes for? I was thinking about building an extra pen just for that purpose. Does anyone else do this?
     
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=338411

    Yes
    I keep a "bachelor pad" of roos that are destined for meat. Right now ALL 18 of my roos are in there, due to neighbor complaints.

    Pix https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=355885

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    is their new pad in the dark the night I moved them in:
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    If you keep several roosters in there, it helps if they are brooder mates, or at least flock mates so they already have somewhat of a pecking order established before you pen them in close quarters together. Once established, you CAN NOT introduce a single rooster to the pack, because they will ALL jump him.
    I have one immature (12ish week) cockerel still with my hens (he does not crow yet) because he was never in with the bachelors before I was afraid to throw him to the wolves when I moved them
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010

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