Help managing too many roo's

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by marlene, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 young roo's from eggs i hatched. I have advestised 4 free to good homes, but it's been nearly 4 weeks and i have not had 1 response, so getting a bit worried as to what i'm going to do with them.
    I decided to keep my light sussex because i really like him, this was until he started attacking my shoes and trying to peck me every time i go near him or the young pullets. I have tried working with him as suggested on here but he peck me if i even try and pick him up, so now i'm not sure if i should keep him.
    I'm also thinking of keeping a cochin roo for the cochin pullets that i have, at the moment he is behaving himself.
    I also have a very nice blue copper marans roo that seems for now to respect me and not challenge me, so should i keep him instead of the sussex?
    I really am confused as to what i should do, so any suggestions and advise will be great.
    Also if i am left with them all together for a while longer i'm worried that at some point they will start fighting, i have no where to seperate them individually.
    They range between 18- 11 weeks old.
     
  2. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you have one roo in with the hens, and a separate "bachelor pad" for the others? As with humans, male chickens can get along great by themselves, but act up when females are around.
     
  3. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in your same situation. I had 6, now down to 4 after culling 2. My first rule is that I will not tolerate a mean roo. If I want them for breeding, I keep them seperated until I need them. I have 2 Roosters housed together, they get along as far as I can tell, But one of them is more dominant.

    In your situation I would keep the blue copper marans over the speckled sussex Roo. Good luck:)
     
  4. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really don't want to keep all of them, 5 is too many. I would like to keep the cochin to breed with his girls and either the blue marans or the light sussex to breed with the bigger girls.
    I do not have any where else to keep extra roo's, thats why i am trying to find them homes otherwise i probably would keep them. Noice levels are also a concern with 5 roo's, we don't have laws to say we can't keep them but if they make too much noise and the neighbours complain, i would be asked to get rid of them.
     

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