Integrating young roos with older hens, and other questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by catlady58, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. catlady58

    catlady58 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 18, 2011
    Last year I raised 11 RIRs and BRs--all hens. They've done fine. This year I decided I wanted some BOs, so I got (unfortunately) straight run and ended up with 4 roos and 4 hens. The older hens have not been real accepting of the BOs. Now the roos are maturing, and I wonder what will happen? Will the roos be able to dominate the older hens, or will they always be too far down the pecking order? I had planned to keep one roo and my neighbor with 5 hens wants one, but what to do with the others? Should I keep the "best looking" or one of the smaller roos?

    Second question: How to you re-home roosters so that they will get good homes (around here, that means no chicken fighting)?

    Third question:What results if the BO roos mate with the RIR or BR hens? I know this is stupid, but would resulting chicks be some weird kind of mix?

    Thanks for any responses and help.[​IMG]

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