How many roosters is too many?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by norcalchickengirl, May 5, 2008.

  1. norcalchickengirl

    norcalchickengirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three confirmed roosters out of thirteen chicks. They are all nine weeks old. I know that they're roosters because they are already crowing! Anyway, they are all Bantams, two are old English and one is a Frizzle. What do you all know about roosters living together? Is it possible, or just a pipe-dream? I'm getting attached to them and need to know what the future holds soon! Help!!
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  2. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4-5 roosters out of 18 chicks now, and I'm wondering the same thing. [​IMG] I've had roosters live together peacefully before, 3 at a time, but I wonder if I was just lucky. My 3 six week old cockerels seem to get along just fine but I know that can change as they grow. It can be done, but I'm not sure how easily/frequently it happens.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I have 4 roos right now. I rehomed the others that were disturbing the flock or couldn't get along. In with the girls are 2 roos, brothers, and they get along fine. I had 2 silkie roos in with them, but one started picking fights with everyone, so I put him in a separate coop with a silkie girl. Then the other silkie roo was having serious fights with my top roo. So I put him in with the other 2 silkies. So far it's been about a month and the 2 roos and 1 girl silkie are fine together.
    If need be, just keep an eye on them for now. If they cause trouble, serious trouble, then separate them. Or you can probably put all three in a separate coop and see how it goes. It depends on the chickens. I had had three roo trouble makers together and they were fine separated from the girls.
     
  4. ChelleEnchanted

    ChelleEnchanted Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a large flock at one time with 5 roosters running together. Ofcourse one always is at the bottom of the pecking order, but they should be fine if they grew up together.

    Just make sure you have enought hens and enough room for them all. :]

    Good luck.
     
  5. Grass

    Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i ended up with 4 roo's in a small flock of 12 ......i just re-homed one yesterday to a fella that choose all pullets....still looking to give at least one or 2 more new homes...i figure 1 roo with 8 hens sounds just right.i did make $5 off the baby roo.[​IMG]
     
  6. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 8 weeks now and out of 20, about half are roos. They are already starting to fight a little. I only plan on keeping 1 of them for the 10 girls.
     
  7. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    if you want roos with your hens.you only need 1 roo to 8 or 10 hens.more than that an the hens will get beat up.an the roos will right all the time.
     
  8. BettyR

    BettyR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would wait until I could tell which rooster has the most pleasing personality to you then I would cull down to that one rooster. You have too few hens for more than one rooster.

    If you live in a rural area you could advertise in your local paper and see if someone needs a Bantam rooster.
     
  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    You should have 1 rooster to 10 chickens.
     
  10. norcalchickengirl

    norcalchickengirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you everybody for all of the info... I guess I'll just wait and see what happens. Because I'm attached to them, I don't really want to rehome for meat birds. I've heard that bantam roosters have quite a reputation for loving the little ladies a bit too much! All the little guys are really beautiful, so hopefully it will all work out.
    Thanks again!!!
     

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