my silkie roosters are fighting??

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by silly silkies, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. silly silkies

    silly silkies Just Hatched

    Dec 3, 2016
    guys my silkie roosters are fighting i have no idea what to do!! my white one, snowball has blood on his head from my other chicken melvine. they have been together since they have been little. i put a pen up in the coop to seperate them so meliven is in a tiny pen for the night. but its rude making him stay in a pen all night. HELP!!![​IMG]
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I'm sorry, it is not rude to make one stay in a pen overnight. Rude is much better than allowing them to kill each other - which is not uncommon among roosters kept together. Without knowing more - if they seriously battle you need to keep them separately all the time or rehome one of them. Each rooster can handle 10 hens, if you have 20 hens, you could split them up into two separate flocks.

    Do you have any hens at all? Males raised together alone do well till their hormones kick in, and then it's each roo for himself.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Drumstick left you some good advice on rehoming one of them if their battles continue. Some roosters do live together quite harmoniously in flocks but I'm afraid some just don't. It all depends on the individual birds, how your set up is, ie how much room do they have? How many hens do you have?

    Good luck with your birds in the future and I hope you can find a solution.
    Enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC. Great advice above, so I'll just say hi.

    Best wishes
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for joining us, hope the rooster issue works out soon!
  6. silly silkies

    silly silkies Just Hatched

    Dec 3, 2016
    hey i dont have any hens but i have 2 ducks a girl and a boy kept with the roosters the boy donald keeps the roosters from fighting and dresses up the wounds! they are silkies (the roosters) and the roosters are supposed to be good together thanks for ideas!!
  7. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    I am sorry about your roosters! Here is some info I hope will help.

    Here is some info I read once-

    "5 Rules for keeping multiple roosters in your flock:

    1. Have plenty of hens for each rooster
    If you only have a flock of five or seven birds, you don’t want two (or more!) of them to be roosters. Generally—and especially when you want to keep multiple roosters—there should be 10 or 12 hens for each male in your flock. . .
    2. Have plenty of space in your run. With multiple roosters you will need more than the bare minimum of space. You’ll want to double or even triple the minimum space per bird for your flock. . .
    3. If you have neither plenty of hens nor plenty of space, you can keep multiple roosters together by having NO hens. This is an arrangement you might have, for example, if you keep a flock of roosters for exhibition (rather than having a flock of hens for the purpose of laying). With no hens to compete for, multiple roosters often live together in relative peace. . .
    4. Raise them together in your flock. Roosters who are raised together establish a pecking order between them as they are growing up. Because they have already established that order, there is less incentive to fight when they are older and more likely to hurt one another by sparring.
    5. Some roosters are too aggressive to get along with other roosters, no matter how ideal the conditions are. There are some breeds that tend to produce very aggressive roosters that are prone to fighting amongst one another,. . ."

    I really hope this helps! [​IMG]
  8. silly silkies

    silly silkies Just Hatched

    Dec 3, 2016
    thanks everyone for giving me great ideas!! i went down to the coop today and every thing is well. no blood nothing they were standing next to each other. i think my roosters go through stages when they go nuts and kick each others butts!! [​IMG] but i think the ducks have helped with the fighting (exspecially the drake)
  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to the wonderful world of Backyard Chickens! I hope you will make yourself at home here and enjoy it as much as I have! :frow
  10. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

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