Multiple Roos on one hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by denco5, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. denco5

    denco5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four roosters that are just now starting to do the deed with the hens. When one roo begins the other all come over and seem to attack the hen. Is this normal behavior or is something wrong?

    I do have three of the roosters for sale so I hope they sell quick, I do not care for the constant chasing and attacking of my hens. I hope when I get down to maybe two or even one roo it calms down some.
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Can you set up a temporary bachelor pen so the extra boys can be separated until they leave?
     
  3. denco5

    denco5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I will have to do this if they do not sell quickly.

    Is this activity normal or are they picking on one hen because they don't like her?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    This is the quickest way of ending up with injured hens. It's gang breeding and in the process a hen's neck can be ripped, her sides can be gashed, and if they are considerably larger back,leg, or pelvic problems may be encountered. Common sense dictates that you limit this behavior.
     
  5. denco5

    denco5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright I am down to one rooster from five. The coop and run is calmer already. Will the lone rooster and hens adjust quickly? What if anything should I be looking for as a pattern change? I know the hens will be happy they do not have so many boys chasing them.
     

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