If two roosters........

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenwoods, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    If i raised two rooster that were in contact with each other since day 1 would they grow up freinds?,or peck each other till the death? Is it possible to introduce a new rooser to a flock that already has a rooster?without a killing?
  2. Grace Boyer

    Grace Boyer In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2007
    I don't have a lot of experience with more than one rooster at a time, but I think it depends on the the individual rooster and the number of hens they have in with them. As far as I know, they don't usually kill each other, just fight until they establish dominance. I don't think growing up together makes a difference. Once they start to realize that they're roosters, and not chicks anymore, they'll start fighting.
    Anyway, I think that's about right, but if someone else thinks otherwise, they're probably right.
  3. NJfarmer

    NJfarmer Songster

    Jul 28, 2007
    New Jersey and Maine
    I have 3 roosters total, 2 roosters that were raised together since day one pecked at each other sometimes but were fine being together, but I introduced a new rooster to my small flock of 5 chickens and the new rooster and the dominant rooster fought and pecked at each other non-stop both of them even started bleeding and they would chase each other around my yard
  4. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Villa Grove
    I have 4 roos are together in one pen with 8 hens and have had only a few small problems. They all know who is boss and get along fine. (so far but they are only about 5 to 6 months old)
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    In one of my pens, I have 11 hens, 2 roos. Now, they do get to free range all day...well, from 10 am untill they go in around 7:30 pm. They have on occasion had a few scuffles....and yes, there was blood a few times. But, now that they know who is boss....it rarely gets to the bloody stage....just a little chaseing, and its over. Oh, these 2 have been together since day one.
  6. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    I did have 2 roosters until yesterday, my dominate roo was killed [​IMG] but I had recently introduced a younger Silver Laced roo that has his own 4 hens........some fighting the first few days,then just chasing.......they figured out who was in charge really fast...now that Mr Roo is gone.....little roosters is happy happy ,but Mr Roo's hens are NOT and are giving him a really hard time.One thing I did noticed when they cooped up tonight,is noone knows where to roost now that the Master is gone........will be interesting to watch how this works out....... who gets the roost rule now......
  7. Rosalind

    Rosalind Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    I have five roos, which were all raised together from babies. They get along reasonably well, although as they have grown up their relative rank in the flock has changed. The Buttercups, who got along great with each other, were the first to develop roostery characteristics, so they were dominant for a while. Now that the late-bloomer Cochins have grown up a bit, they rule the roost due to their huge size. They do challenge each other, but I've never seen them do more than fluff out their feathers and run at each other--then one of them backs down quickly, it's not like they really fight. Then the loser gets up on the highest perch and crows to show that he is still a tough guy, or sometimes one of the girls intervenes. They are fairly cooperative when it comes to chasing away predators, herding the girls back indoors in bad weather, and clucking warnings when they hear a hawk.

    Don't know how they would react to a new adult roo, though. Probably they would not be happy, especially the Cochins who are HUGE and very protective of the ladies.
  8. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:You shouldn't have so many roosters. Do you keep them separated from the other roos and especially from the hens?
  9. CtlisencedArborist

    CtlisencedArborist Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    Nope wont work.......sry there is a pecking order u know?lol
  10. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Songster

    Jun 29, 2007
    central KY
    I have 11 birds. I think know that 4 of them are Roos and a possible 7 (haven't posted picts yet to be told what they are). They all get along very well. I roo is an older bird that my son got as a pet a couple years ago. There is a definite pecking order when it comes to supper time but they all get live together without much problem. The older roo (Road Runner) even gave up his house to the newer bird without any problem. Maybe they know if they start to much problem I am lible to eat'em! LOL

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