Is it better to....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lobzi, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing 10 Years

    let two roos fight it out or stop them and just keep them separate? Will letting them fight over dominance solve anything or just cause more problems?
  2. ears73

    ears73 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    Westchester, NY
    I think it depends on what you mean by fight it out.... certainly you don't want any damage done, so if they are staring each other down and hopping on each other, etc. that is one thing - but if they are really going at it and fighting lots then they should be apart. Are they fighting over hens? Maybe you need more hens? They have to battle it out with one alpha winner... If the omega does not want to give the title to the alpha and is putting up a fight, then either get more hens and give them more space (or separate space) or they need to be completely apart.

    I just rehomed our alpha roo, but before that our two got along fairly well -they each accepted their place in the flock.
  3. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Ours get along pretty well with each other. The alpha (Buddy) just doesn't like me too much!
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    With both my roos and my hens unless they are drawing blood I let them sort out their pecking order issues.
  5. Sequin

    Sequin Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Let them know that if they keep it up you will settle their differences by tossing them both in the stew pot. JUST KIDDING...

    If it is small posturing they will probably work it out. If more intense than that I would probably seperate them. Just to keep everyone happy and not frustrated.
  6. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing 10 Years

    Thanks all for your comments. My bf says we should let them fight it out but he wanted me to ask you all first, your opinion as we are very new to this chicken stuff. BF tells me I being too much a girl/mom always saving the under-roo so they never get a chance to settle anything and establish alpha and beta roos. I just dont like to see them fight but if one good one would settle things down between each other, it would be worth it. I cant stand so much angst between the two of them.

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