How many roosters are too many?

tinman9952

In the Brooder
12 Years
Dec 30, 2007
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Waterford,Maine
They were all supposed to be sexed, but i ended up with 4 roosters. One disappeared, so now i have 3. With only 4 hens and 17 pullets am I in for some problems ?
 

tinman9952

In the Brooder
12 Years
Dec 30, 2007
86
1
31
Waterford,Maine
So far, there is one dominant rooster that keeps the other two in check. They are 21 weeks old now, and I really don't want to butcher any of them.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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You could take a wait and see approach, but even if the roos get along they'll overmate the hens. You don't have to butcher them, you could try finding some of the boys new homes. The younger you find them new homes the better IMO.
 

tinman9952

In the Brooder
12 Years
Dec 30, 2007
86
1
31
Waterford,Maine
Only one of the 3 are mating, you think the other 2 will get in on the action ? I was hoping only the boss would.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
239
421
SW Arkansas
If the alpha roo is very dominant over the other roos he will do the majority of the mating, but boys will be boys and when the others mature they will try every time they think they can get away with it.
 

Heather J

Songster
11 Years
May 29, 2008
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Missing feathers, mostly. When I first got my hens i had three roosters, and they would gang bang the hens, they all lost most of their back feathers in the few weeks before we gave away the extra two roosters. the feathers are starting to grow back on most of the hens now that it's growing cool, but I have a couple that I still don't see new feathers on yet. I may have to give the poor girls a sweater. lol
 

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