Is two roosters with fourteen hens too much?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Blackberry18, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, so right now, I have six chickens (lost the rest to internal parasites this fall [​IMG]); four White Leghorns and two Barred Rocks. I ordered eleven chicks this winter and got them four weeks ago. I got four Partridge Rocks hens, four Light Brahma hens, and four Light Brahma roosters (they sent an extra free one). I am eventually going to sell or give away all the roosters as soon as possible, but need to keep two of them for the show (which will be July/August). So, if I keep two roosters with fourteen hens, will that be all right, especially considering that they are a gentle breed? Also, I may not be able to get rid of all of the roosters immediately, so will having three or four with them be all right for a little while? Thanks in advance.

    P.S. If you or anyone you know is located near mid-Eastern Minnesota and are interested in taking a rooster in, let me know!
     
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  2. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    Personally, I think that's fine. (I've kept more rooster with hens than that. Shh don't tell [​IMG] )
    Just keep an eye out that they aren't injuring themselves or the hens.
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree it depends on the roosters, be ready to pull them and put them in a separate pen if they become too obnoxious.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Get that separate pen ready now.....cause when/if it gets ugly, it can happen like right now!!
    You may want to keep your show birds alone in separate, roomy pens anyway, to preserve their plumage and avoid any injuries.
     
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  5. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    I missed the part about them being for show. :rolleyes: brahmas are by far the gentlest breed I've seen, but you still should watch out especially with 4 of them together. If it's any comfort, though, I've kept 5 brahma roosters together with very few hens for a time. Everyone was fine. (3 of the roosters were young, though, so they weren't very mature)
    I agree with @aart, if they're for show you may want them In separate cages
     
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