keeping multiple roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by saildog, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. saildog

    saildog Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2012
    Can you have a rooster house - keep 4-5 roosters in one house and just let one out on any given day to be with the hens .
    Will the males fight if they are alone in a pen with NO hens?
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    As a general rule, they do fine in a bachelor pad like you're talking about. No females, and if they have enough space, they seem to do okay. If they're raised together, it helps quite a bit.

    Introducing grown roosters to each other is always a crapshoot, no matter how much space and how many females.
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I house multiple males together but do not let them out to interact with hens as that is when they scrap. Even letting them out without hens can result is a lesser degree of scrapping. When is comes to combining something like adult American Dominiques or my Missouri Dominiques (an American Dominique x American Game multi-generational cross) I can combine adult males but rather than saying it is a "crap shoot", it would be more accurate to say "its a supervised beat the crap out of your buddies event" . It seems to work OK between September and December (as time of combining) but other times would not work as well because motivation to scrap may be stronger. Note I am using the weasel word "may". I have a lot of roosters and resources to play around with them more than most. Even so, I have not done it enough to give solid answer as the combining can give a range of results. I would not so treat roosters intended for show the following season as feathers do get dinged up even when group ultimately settles down.
  4. MollySunshine

    MollySunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2016
    Rhode Island
    You definately can have a bachelor pad and have peace among the roosters. I have a bachelor pad that houses 11 roosters and another coop being delivered soon to house the 3 roo's that are currently in with my pullets. I too thought about letting one free range with the pullets when they are out but will decide later. Right now I want to give the pullets a break from the boys. Expect the occasional internal challenges with each other as roo's do but otherwise they live very peaceful together. I have mine adjacent to the pullets so they see them and still flirt but have no contact. Good luck!
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I live with three teenage boys. I understand, sometimes young males, no matter the species, just gotta blow off some hormones. Too bad we can't set the cockerels up with punching bags [​IMG]

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