fighting roosters - help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by benjoycei, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. benjoycei

    benjoycei Songster

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    I have 3 young roosters. The larger 2 have ganged up on the smaller one. Is there a way to prevent this? I hate to rehome them, they are gorgeous.
     
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  2. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    How many pullets or hens do you have for them? How much area are they in?
     
  3. benjoycei

    benjoycei Songster

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    the run is about 10x20. 4 hens. I can't let them free range because of gripey neighbors and coyotes.
     
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  4. SoftSilkie

    SoftSilkie Crowing

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    You need more hens. You should have about 5-10 hens per rooster.
     
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  5. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    They'll most likely continue to fight since there are only 4 hens. Each rooster should have 2-6 hens per rooster (it all depends on the rooster). Roosters fight for dominance and to mate with the hens. You could always take out 2 and make them a bachelor pad where it would be only them with no females (none in sight) at all then they won't fight.

    Sometimes they won't get along no matterxwhat you try, but exhaust all your options especially if you like them.
     
  6. benjoycei

    benjoycei Songster

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    I don't have room, unfortunately
     
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    Gotta do what's best for THEM :hugs
     
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    Making a bachelor pad didn't occur to me. Hmmmmm. I have such a small yard. Something to ponder.......
     
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    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    Maybe someone else can offer another option. I just know that those options have worked for myself and others in the past.
     
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    SoftSilkie Crowing

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    You could separate the hens from the rooster and have two flocks, a hen flock and a bachelor flock, and whenever you want chicks you could put one rooster in with the hens at a time and rotate the rooster every few days. (I have not tried this method but I have heard it it good)
     
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