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How Many Roosters??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CountryMom, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, newbie question here. I have just gotten into chickens this spring and mine are all around 3 to 4 months old right now. Some are younger as I bought more a few weeks apart. I do have one older Rooster also. I ended up with four Roosters - including the older rescued one. How well do they do living together in a coop with one set of hens? I have one listed already on craigslist since I do not have any matching hens of his breed (brahma) and I am trying to decide what to do with the others. I think my kids would revolt on me if I processed one for the freezer, but then it may come to that. They do get to free range, but I can already see some of the hens have damage to their feathers on their backs from the older Rooster. Is it better to build a couple more pens and seperate them? Obviously the hens would probably like a break, but can I just put Roosters together with no hens? None of these guys so far are showing any aggression. Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hi, my first 2 hatches got me more roos than hens. They were all together, and got taken out when they caused trouble. Now I have 2 with 8 girls, and 2 male silkies with one hen.
    I did have a bachelor pad, and it worked out fine. But, 3 of the roos went bonkers when I came near them, and they went to the feed store for sale..
    If you want to try, you can make a bachelor pad. Some do work.
     
  3. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THat is good to know there is a chance of a rooster house working. Two of the roosters I would seriously like to keep, but then I don't want all the damage I am seeing done to the hens. My daughter keeps asking me to order those saddles for them. I just am not so sure that would solve the problem! I am hoping the two young ones I want to keep will grow up being nice to us and each other.
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    There's only one way to find out. But I think 2 roos living together will work, hopefully.
     

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