is it true that if i get more than one rooster they will fight and hurt each other?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jessmg1987, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. jessmg1987

    jessmg1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 11 hens and 1 rooster. i am wanting too get another rooster for my coop. is this a bad idea?
     
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have successfully introduced young cockerels to adult roosters before. Now when I say young, I mean fully feathered, but not yet crowing, and combs and wattles not all the way developed. They go through the pecking order like normal. I'm not saying that it's not possible, but I've never had success with introducing two different adult roosters. Also, if you do get another roo, you might want to bump up your hen population as well.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yes, it's probably a bad idea. Why do you want another rooster?

    Bringing in any new bird stresses the flock. If the new rooster is sexually mature, he and the current rooster are going to have to figure out who is boss, and that involves sparring at the least, hard-core fighting at the worst. He'll also have to convenience the hens he's dominant to them and allow them to mate with him.

    If you free range, things could go better, but if your birds are cooped, unless they have tons and tons of space--I'm talking over 20 square feet each--I would't do it. There would have to be a ton of gain from the new rooster to disrupt the flock that much, and if the new rooster was worth all that, he would be replacing the current rooster.
     
  4. jessmg1987

    jessmg1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    I want another rooster because i want to try and breed some different breeds of birds like silkie. also the auction that i go to to get my chickens usually sales a rooster and hen together.
     
  5. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need another coop, pen or whatever if you want to get into breeding.
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    You could have two separate flocks, but I would not put the two roosters together in the established flock. They will fight. There will most likely be injuries. Maybe not serious injuries, but they will have to establish dominance, and to do that it usually involves fighting and usually more than once.
     
  7. suzannaj

    suzannaj New Egg

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    Yes and no. I had two huge Buff Orpington roosters that tried to kill each other only when they wanted the same hen at the same time. Other than that they had great respect for each other. I bid both of them a fond fair well last week and now have the most peaceful hens ever! Some breeds are more docile and others more aggressive.
     
  8. jessmg1987

    jessmg1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking of getting a Americano rooster
     
  9. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In post #4 you said you wanted to breed silkies....you need to whack your present rooster and get silkie rooster then. Otherwise you'll be breeding Americano roosters.
    Hope this helps.
     

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