Local animal rescue turns 39 roosters loose together

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  1. thedollysmama

    thedollysmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a local horse rescue that has started taking in other livestock from animal control. Their latest acquisition is 39 mature roosters. They have turned all 39 loose on their property stating that it was the first opportunity that the roosters had ever had to be free and rooster-like. There was a storm of incredulity with people mentioning that the potential for brawl and maiming was rather high. The rescue countered that the roosters would form bachelor groups and a little mild squabbling was normal.
    I have my own opinion and was wondering how others felt.
     
  2. phalenbeck

    phalenbeck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that making roosters into dinner or soup is the kindest thing to do.
     
  3. rwdeets23

    rwdeets23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do they have any intention of taking care of them or just letting them loose and not care for them at all, like if there were be a bad fight , or a hurt chicken?
     
  4. Presidential

    Presidential Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you think the neighbors/community feel about that!?
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Outcome is a function of breed. If gamechickens, then not so bright; otherwise birds will scrap a bit and settle down as they indicate. Heavier fighters may need some special attention. Long-term for so many roosters does not seem all that good; soup option might be better unless they are thought to have some particular value.
     
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    X2. To me this is probably one of those situations where well meaning but not well informed people create a situation that is not that great for the very animals they think they are helping. If these are confiscated fighting cocks this will not turn out well. If they are simply from a hoarding type situation most of them will likely settle in, eventually. I hope they are prepared to deal with the issues until then and not just toss them out there and ignore them. Heaven forbid this place then decides it's a good idea to start tossing in some hens so the roosters can also enjoy that aspect of life! [​IMG]
     
  7. rwdeets23

    rwdeets23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats what i was wondering who would be keeping that many roosters and for what reason
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Either they be games or keeping them so not be killed. Every body else wants pullets / hens.
     
  9. UnlabeledMama

    UnlabeledMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like mayhem. I really hope they weren't former fighting cocks!
     
  10. bilder

    bilder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just pray they never introduce a hen or two to that group of roos.

    If they think they may fight a little right now, put a hen in with them and it will be an all out war.
     

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