Who is the current aggressor? It started with the resident bird trying to set order and the other not accepting.. the battle is on until they settle it.Are you sure? So far all of this has started with Snow demanding submission from Sunny, not the other way around. Sunny is only scared because she's a chick. Snow demands blood from her because of her enormous build, that's the way it appears to me.
Plenty of roosters and cockerels do coexist in stag pens.. I keep one, sometimes with as many as 25 boys in one pen. It's not perfect. there are antics, sometimes the bottom male becomes over mated! More boys get along better than less boys in all truth.. kinda like a billiard table.. the antics bounce around instead of getting off the hook most the time.I didn't know that roosters could get along. I'll have to look into that more.
This is a very insightful and wise suggestion for the OP who has expressed being a tender hearted keeper!If you don't have a vet, this chicken has a solid chance of developing a leg issue so severe it needs at home euthanasia. That is challenging when this bird is going to grow to be 14+lbs. You will need to have a plan if you don't have a vet.
Still Snow. Snow is not backing down. She is asserting herself as top hen and is petrified of Sunny.Who is the current aggressor? It started with the resident bird trying to set order and the other not accepting.. the battle is on until they settle it.
I let things take place as long as no one is getting hurt. If there is enough room, and resources.. added feeders, escape routes, visual obstruction to block line of sight.. ways for the submitter to get away and make their avoidance obvious. A decent bird, one worth their salt.. will accept this natural symbol and walk away after a good peck down.. no one dies. A stupid (or maybe hormonal) bird won't take the proper clues.. and may not relent.. making life hell for the other.
Sorry my Peta comment was basically saying.. we DON'T have to go ignorantly overboard.. they don't think YOU should be keeping a chicken or ANY pet AT all.
Moving any of your birds to the other side of the fence.. Sonny and Happy on opposite sides.. They may be slightly confused at first. They may protest a bit as they are creatures of habit. But they will QUICKLY adjust!
Plenty of roosters and cockerels do coexist in stag pens.. I keep one, sometimes with as many as 25 boys in one pen. It's not perfect. there are antics, sometimes the bottom male becomes over mated! More boys get along better than less boys in all truth.. kinda like a billiard table.. the antics bounce around instead of getting off the hook most the time.
I've kept them both in and out of sight of the hens.. and it had ZERO bearing on antics.. boys will be boys, and sometimes they have disagreements. I FAR prefer in sight.. as I stated earlier the boys learn how to treat call and dance at the fence they do everything they can to get the ladies attention. They aren't focused so much on each other or boredom.
Mirrors don't work well for chickens.. though it was a nice idea!
I am sure that when it comes to animals.. I can share MY experience and YOUR mileage may vary! On non hen feathered breed cockerels, saddle feathers don't lie. Spurs don't come in until later really.
And just to BLOW your mind.. hens can and do grow spurs and crow! NOT pullets. Roosters sing the eggs song when startled. Pullets mount each other as a sign of dominance sometimes! Some roosters even sit on the nest to brood eggs! A pullet/hen can NEVER fertilize an egg, BUT an infertile egg can start to develop. It won't hatch. A rooster/cockerel can NEVER lay an egg. I've had cockerels crow as young as 3 weeks and other not until 18+ MONTHS old. Some females will never lay a single egg.
At 12 weeks.. they may be juvenile.. but they are indeed not chicks.. though I get using general terms.. we do it for simplicity sometimes.
@ 16 week, most breeds of chicken will have their gender feathers showing and be able to mate or even laying in some instances. Laying hormone is light related. Age of lay will vary by breed and even by individual.
Look into a game bird maintenance feed, or a grower feed type feed. Don't use layer if you really want to extend his life as the excess calcium will surely not do his kidneys any favors. Make an extremely low roost.
Chicks only need feed 24 hours a day if they under unnatural lighted conditions all night and awake all night.
I used ceramic heat lamps before switching to a heat plate.. by now natural daylight should limit feed hours. Natural night time hours makes for happier healthier birds. Seriously! It;s one of the stated requirement for Organic chickens.. it mimics being raised by a mother and is beneficial for those not aiming for maximum growth like for eating.. most the damage has already been done.. but moving forward...
ETA: many folks have sex link hens that don't live past 2 or 3.