How to keep multiple roosters for breeding.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jarcoo0153, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. jarcoo0153

    jarcoo0153 Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    Levelland, Texas
    They are still chicks, but I purchased a few extra roosters with my order to raise for meat. The hatchery sent me many different breeds, and I want to keep a few of them to use for breeding. My question is can I house all the roosters together in one pen or will they fight all the time?
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    I keep my extra roos(15) together no problems.

    When i am ready to change out roos i do it at night, the new roo catches some flack at first but they end up getting along just fine.
  3. HBuehler

    HBuehler Songster

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    Our roosters all live together with very minimal usually ends with see my chest I am King or a bunch of the follow the head stuff...then one just walks off.They need enough space to have a time out of they choose. Some may fight but chances are those roos are not overly nice to you either and make better dinner [​IMG]
  4. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    I have heard (no personal experience) that if they are separated from the hens they will get along. Of course they will have to establish their pecking order. If given enough room they should be fine until the time comes to process them for meat. I am sure someone else that does have experience in this area will chime in.
  5. My brother set up "The Swinging Bachelor Pad" in our mother's old greenhouse. The boys roosted in the rafters and everytime Mom moved a flower pot, they were all over the bugs! The greenhouse was on the other side of the yard from the chicken run. Losers of the Personality Contest got chopped first. When they had only three roosters left, Brother moved the boys back with the girls (who were finally laying).

    I currently have a "Swinging Backelor Pad" and a "Hen House" side-by-side. The two roosters spend a lot of time pacing back and forth while they call the girls. I let the boys in when I put the girls up. ("Ack! Here come the boys! Run inside to bed before they mate you!") The roosters are happy to sit on the hen house all night, but if I think it will rain I throw them inside also.
  6. jarcoo0153

    jarcoo0153 Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    Levelland, Texas
    Great! I glad that they will hopefully get along. The hatchery sent me a Buff Brahma, a Speckled Sussex, and a Naked Neck, and I really want to keep them. So now I know I can. Thanks for the help!

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