Neighbor's roosters

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lady J, May 20, 2012.

  1. Lady J

    Lady J Songster

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    I am in the process of planning for getting some hens and have a couple of questions.

    1. My neighbors used to have hens. Their neighbor's dogs and/or something else has killed them all. Now they have only two "tailless" roosters left. Question. If I get hens and let them free range, will the roosters claim my hens and lead them back to the neighbor's coop at night? The roosters are spending more and more time in my yard, so I have no doubt they will "hook up" with my hens when the day comes. I don't mind them becoming friends, but I don't want my hens migrating to the neighbor's coop on a permanent basis. Thoughts from anybody out there on this possibility?

    2. These roosters discovered my garden. At first I thought they were cute. I then discovered they had eaten all of my blueberries! I sprinkled chili powder around my veggie plants and blueberry bushes. That seems to have deterred them so far. Any other advice out there on how to keep the roosters away from my blueberries?
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Keeping your birds in your roost may require getting roosters to stay with you. Better / safer roost close to food supply, water and cover during day will help.
     

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