Er... I don't know what to do about this

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Erock1234, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Erock1234

    Erock1234 In the Brooder

    Aug 28, 2010
    Ok I have a decent sized flock of chickens 8 assorted hens or all different breeds and one roo (rrr) a friend and I did some trading and I acquired 2 more hens and another roo (a bluffington which I figured would be ok in a pot) so during the night I snuck the 2 hens in the coop and put the new roo in a separate cage. The next morning was interesting to say the least I let out the flock to roam around and my roo went straight to the cage and they both did their thing, while the hens decided their new pecking order and while trying to keep everyone safe I heard the hoarsest cock-a-doodle-do from my biggest hen (a Dominique) ...opps maybe she's a he.
    Well the newly acquired roo (bluff) made it to a stew pot, and the 2 newest hens have taken up with the big hoarse (Dominique) one while all the other hens have stayed faithful to my original roo(rrr). The Dominique short of a pun is a real chicken he runs from everything where as the rrr has tried me a few times. but they have all grown up together. Is it possible that they will be peaceful in their two flock status or am I going to have to dismiss the weakest link in this herd to save one from killing the other. Any questions and advise will be greatly appreciated.

  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Some roos will get along fine. Others will fight over hens. No real way of predicting with any guarantee
    They DO seem to do better if they have grown up together though, so you may be in luck
  3. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    some roos will be fine together others will fight to the death. Sounds like you might be ok
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Monitor the situation and see what happens. If they have enough space that the less dominant rooster can stay away from the alpha it may work. If all heck breaks out, cull the least desirable to your needs.

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