Keeping Only Roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Countrymanfowl, Jun 7, 2019.

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  1. Countrymanfowl

    Countrymanfowl Songster

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    I have only ever kept hens with some roosters here and there but I have been offered a bunch of free male chicks. Currently I have no chickens and have been itching to get back into keeping chickens anyway. Is it possible to keep only roosters? 20 or more say all together with no hens?
     
  2. Fairyloop5

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    Let’s say it like this: More health issues, more fights, more noise, WAY more room needed, more feathers plucked out, more stress, and more work. So no, it’s a horrible idea.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

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    It depends on the roosters and their individual temperaments as well as breeds. How you house them would be important too. Birds would need to be able to escape each other.

    Some members have kept all rooster flocks. It can work, you just need to be ready to remove birds if it doesn't work. You could end up with none getting along, or all.
     
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  4. Countrymanfowl

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    Really? Even with no hens around at all? I have heard that roosters can be kept together as long as there are no hens around. I would be getting all male chicks and raising them together. I know with hens all sorts of hell can be raised with too many roosters, but have never tried only roosters. I would be doing it for research purposes for feed intake, weights etc and exhibition.
     
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    It would be RIR or Barred Rocks.
     
  6. Fairyloop5

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    My neighbor has just roosters that he raised from babies, and it’s not pretty!
     
  7. RoostersAreAwesome

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    I will agree, roosters have more personality and can be kept together, but just to be safe, you should keep less than twenty, and to be extra safe, get Hens and a couple of boys.
     
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    You mentioned on your other thread that your neighbor also had hens. A flock of only roosters is much different than a flock with more roosters than hens.
     
  10. Countrymanfowl

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    Not sure I said that. May be a typo or someone elses post. None of my neighbors have chickens. And I realize that a flock of only roosters would be different, just wondering if it would be safe or not. And I'm guessing it depends greatly.
     

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