managing multiple rooster and freeranging

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pysankigirl, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. pysankigirl

    pysankigirl Songster

    May 2, 2012
    I really like freeranging my chickens. But I am also thinking about trying to do some controlled breeding and having multiple roosters. But I don’t want different runs…the expense and the look. And I’d like it if the roosters had a good bit of room also to freerange. I was thinking about making a largish bachelor pen and just putting one rooster out freeranging with all the chickens at a time and switching them out occasionally.

    I envision switching a rooster out, waiting for a month to make sure the eggs are not getting fertilized by leftover swimmers, then putting him and his chosen girls into a "love shack" for a week or so to collect eggs, then switching to the next rooster. The goal of which is to have the most chickens freeranging as possible at any given time.

    But I am inexperienced and need to hash out a few things… how much would this switching out of chickens affect the pecking order. Everything is peaceful now…would I be creating a bloodbath? Would the bachelors get along without the hens in with them, or would they try to kill the “new guy”?

  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    Those are great questions! I've been considering a similar set-up and would love to hear what others have to say. I've had hens separated for up to a week and been able to put them back problems. Roosters might be different, though. I wonder if having the "love shack" in view of the other chickens, so they all still see one another, would make it easier to put them back?
  3. Fly Fisher

    Fly Fisher In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2011
    Upstate New York

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