Need advice on roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Connor2329, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Connor2329

    Connor2329 Hatching

    Mar 12, 2018
    hi everyone. I’m wondering if someone can help me. I currently have a flock of 10 chickens in a enclosure. I have 5 large mixed breed ex battery hens, 2 Pekin bantams and a trio of Japanese bantams one being a male (9 hens and 1 rooster) today I have introduced a large fowl silkie rooster to the flock and already they have started fighting which from what I understand is usual. The reason I bought another rooster was because my Japanese bantam was only mating with the 4 bantams and not the 5 other chickens so I got the large rooster so that it could mate with the large 5 chickens so I was wondering if people have any advice, on whether or not this is ok
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    A rooster is a rooster. They don't think about size. Your bantam rooster thinks he is the king of the flock, no matter the size of the hens. He sees the other one as a competitor.

    It would be best if you could separate your bantams from your large fowl if you want two roosters.
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Good advice ^^^, Adding a single rooster to an all hen flock is one of the easiest introductions. Adding a rooster to a flock with an established rooster and flock is almost a guarantee for a rooster fight.

    They may fight once, or it may be ongoing until one of them dies.

    Mixing large fowl and bantams can cause problems too.
  4. R1V3R20NG

    R1V3R20NG Songster

    Nov 2, 2017
    Not here...
    Maybe you should just let them settle down and learn to be content with having more than one roo. Ive seen some pretty funny videos where a Serama was fighting a large lavender rooster and the outcome was the big guy ran away with the serama on its heels chasing it around the yard in front of all the hens.
  5. RWise

    RWise Songster

    Dec 25, 2012
    Oakhurst Oklahoma
    When I bring in a new boy, I place him in a bachelor pad, in the yard where the girls, and boys, can meet him. They are likely to box at the fence, but they cannot really hurt the other. After a week or so I may add or swap the the boys. I do like only one leader in the flock.
  6. Hyroler

    Hyroler Songster

    Aug 1, 2017
    good advice.
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  7. A silkie has a thin skull, it is just part of being a silkie. There could be a real danger that your bantam rooster may kill your full size silkie. It is best to keep only one rooster or else provide separate quarters.
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  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    Agreed with above posters that it is not wise to have more than one roo. And even then, I would not keep a roo unless I intend to hatch eggs. I would not want to keep a mixed flock of banties and LF. Some folks do so successfully. My first flock started out with 3 banties. I later added LF, and the banty roo had no problem breeding the large hens.
    bobbi-j and chickengeorgeto like this.

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