Many Roos - One Flock - How do you keep roos together?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenMonk320, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. ChickenMonk320

    ChickenMonk320 Hatching

    Apr 4, 2009
    I have read in one or two posts about folks that have a "rooster pen." How do you keep several roos in a pen without them tearing at eachother?
    We are thinking about keeping several different strains of chickens - BC Marans, blue egg laying EEs, Cuckoo Marans a Welsummer or two, some barred plymoth rocks and some other general brown eggers - and want to keep some of the strains pure while at the same time making olive eggers, dark brown egging sex links and general brown laying sex links.
    My theory is either to have seperate rooms and runs in one house or have one pen for the roos, one for the hens and introduce the roo of choice for the cross wanted.
    Any thoughts?
    Keep up all the good work people!

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    The roos should develop a pecking order and if there are no hens to fight over they should settle down.

    I've always felt that the very best way to keep roos together is the freezer.[​IMG]

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  3. ChickenMonk320

    ChickenMonk320 Hatching

    Apr 4, 2009
    That was my next question; do I need to keep the roos seperate as in "can't see the girls no more" or will seperate pens next to eachother work?
  4. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    If you raise them together from the same age (lets say, from a chick) they tend to get along much better. However, don't ever, ever, take one out of the flock. When you put him back in, they will fight to restablish pecking order.
  5. melissastraka

    melissastraka Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    i have a roo coop and a hen house separated by chain link and the boys dont fight at all. they can see the hens but it has never been a problem. they are 4months and were all raised together too. (they are going to the crockpot next weekend)

  6. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    The trick is space and keeping more than 2 roos together. We run all our roos together in the off season (when they are deep in moult) then separate them by breed/ colour during breeding season. There will be scuffles but these are minor.

    note, no game roos involved in those breed.
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    In my experience it seems to depend on the individual roosters. I've kept different groups of roos together while they grow big enough for the table. Some of them get along nicely, others will fuss & fight. And some groups pick one roo to be everyone's "Girlfriend"...
  8. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    another good way to keep roos together is in little plastic bags in the freezer.
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  10. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    you know I have been wondering this myself. so you can house them together but cant pull one out for a day or so for breeding with out them fighting the roo that got "lucky" that day????

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