Maybe, maybe not.... only have two pullets for the two cockerels. Host of what I've been reading seems to indicate that if you don't have enough hens the hens that you have can get over mated. Don't know if that's true since I've only had hens; but it just some of the stuff I read on the website.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to see the two side-by-side, up close,, Norman who is definitely a cockerel and Sandy who has left me wondering. Anyway, I THINK good news,,,, Norman's hackle feather are definitely narrow and pointy while Sandy's appear to be a little wider and are clearly rounded at the tips and NOT pointy . I feel a bit more encouraged now... will see.
Keep us postedYesterday I had the opportunity to see the two side-by-side, up close,, Norman who is definitely a cockerel and Sandy who has left me wondering. Anyway, I THINK good news,,,, Norman's hackle feather are definitely narrow and pointy while Sandy's appear to be a little wider and are clearly rounded at the tips and NOT pointy . I feel a bit more encouraged now... will see.
I have an update that just occurred this morning. It was morning and the automatic door opened up, I heard a noise from one of the chicks at first I thought someone was hurt (remember I've only had hens before). Then I saw Sandy standing on the ramp, making the same sound, and I realized it was an attempt at a crow. Now I was holding out the Ray of Hope that Sandy was Sandy female and not Sandy male. The feathers hadn't looked as pointy as Norman who is my confirmed Cockerel, so I was briefly encouraged until today.Keep us posted
Yes, there is a chance of that. Just like hens have a pecking order, so do roosters. Some roosters will sort it all out with bluffing and ruffled feathers.Okay folks, any ideas? Is there a snowball's chance in hell that the two cockerels we'll get along?
Depends on the roosters. Game roosters (aka fighting cocks) are known for killing each other. Any other kind of rooster has a very high chance of getting along with other roosters, depending on how much space and how many hens there are. If you have lots of space, they may just choose to stay out-of-sight of each other.Or when they mature will they hurt each other? Something I don't want obviously.
Yes, although I can't see why you'd want two separate flocks that each have two hens.I got a couple of thoughts that I thought I'd bounce off the group. One, I was wondering if I could put one of the roosters or cockerels, in with my two 10 year old adult hens which are in a separate flock.
You could just put one in and watch what happens (be ready to remove if there's a problem.)If that was something to do when would I do it? Would it be better to wait till they get a little bigger cuz right now the rooster are the Cockerel is smaller than my adult hens. The second question if I follow this first approach, would I be better inserting him into the roosting area in the dark I'll let the adult hands meet him in the morning when they all woke up together? Or would doing the latter just be a bad idea, all around.
That is also an option.The second thought I had would be to remove both cockrells and put them in a separate pen with their own coop?