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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

    Mar 25, 2015
    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!
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2016
  2. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

    Mar 1, 2015
    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 Runs With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    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!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    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

    Mar 1, 2015
    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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