Is it possible to have multiple flocks of chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mattsiewrt94, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Mattsiewrt94

    Mattsiewrt94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello I have 2 roosters in one flock of 7 hens and I wanted to know is there a way to have multiple flocks of chickens coexisting if they have there place to go to go to they all free range and go in one of my barns and the yards big so they won't run into to each other idk just wanted to know if it's possible
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    In a free range farm type situation it is very common for roosters to develop their own 'harems'. Such roosters will upon occasion breed one another's hens.
     
  3. Mattsiewrt94

    Mattsiewrt94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So is that a yes I can have multiple flocks of chickens
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Maybe. There are times when a dominant rooster will claim all of the hens. The subordinate roosters will hang around the outskirts of the flock attempting to gang breed the hens. Such a situation can result in serious, even fatal injury to the hens.
     
  5. Mattsiewrt94

    Mattsiewrt94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I only have 2 roosters I just wanted to seperate them because the rooster that is not dominated tried to kill one of my hens :/
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hen aggressive roosters should end up in the crock pot. Such behavior should be unacceptable to anyone keeping poultry.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Exactly. I would never keep any bird that actively tried to kill another bird.
     
  8. Mattsiewrt94

    Mattsiewrt94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well that's why I'm gonna try to seperate the flocks and if that doesn't work he's gone
     
  9. eatwhatyougrow

    eatwhatyougrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dittos. I wouldnt even bother seperating the flocks just get ride of the less dominate malfactor
     
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  10. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    It is even possible that by separating into two flocks and giving this hen aggressive rooster his own flock that he could become even more aggressive once he's the dominant bird. The only way to separate this flock is going to be to fence them apart anyway and have a separate roosting area at night. From what I got from your post they would still share common areas? Maybe I'm not understanding your plan but if that is the case they are not going to separate but will still retain their current flock the way it is.
     

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