Rooster behavior/adolescence

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KSH1, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. KSH1

    KSH1 Songster

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    I have too many cockerels (I think 10 so far), but I want to grow most of them out to see what they become. I don't, however, want my pullets to be continually harassed, and I only have 4 adult hens so it doesn't seem very nice to make them deal with all of the teenage shenanigans. I'm considering moving all of the boys into a bachelor pad. At what age would they be past the most annoying stage, or at what age will the pullets be mature enough to not tolerate abuse? I won't put them all back in with the girls, but if one or two seem worthy I might let them join the girls eventually.

    My main flock will have a huge enclosed run. But I'm guessing that if I keep a bachelor flock, I won't be able to free range them as they'd probably find their way to the run and cause trouble with each other and any roos in there. Is that a correct assumption?

    Now I need to get some good pictures... Anybody looking for OEGB cockerels??

    Thank you!
     
  2. Fairyloop5

    Fairyloop5 Songster

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    Pics of cockerels?
     
  3. KSH1

    KSH1 Songster

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    I will do my best to get some this afternoon. The OEGB are barred, lavender, black-tailed buff, blue (2), and one I'm not sure what to call - black with brown. Hatched 4/22/19.
     
  4. KSH1

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    2 pics of the first bird because one is a bit blurry and one cut off his feet.
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    The last one is a cream legbar who kept getting photobombed, so this is the best picture I have so far.

    The barred OEGB does have a neck despite how he looks here, but he is also quite small compared to the others.
     
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  5. Trimurtisan

    Trimurtisan Team flappy foot

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    I wish you where closer, he looks like my Serama pullet! :D
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  6. AmyJane725

    AmyJane725 Crowing

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    Man they are stinkin' cute. Not sure on your questions, just wanted to let you know ;)
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Not if both runs are secure and you range them on alternating days.
     
  8. KSH1

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    Cool thanks! I thought they might try to "fence fight" like dogs and horses sometimes do.
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Well, they might....a solid barrier might be needed to deter that.
     
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