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Rooster Dilemma

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by edgreer2007, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. edgreer2007

    edgreer2007 New Egg

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    I have 5 hens (thanks to fox eating 3) and two roosters. The roosters are wearing out my hens to the point of them having bloody wounds on their sides. My daughter has taken a shine to the big, goofy looking rooster so it would be hard to cull him. The other rooster has beautiful plumage and good size, an excellent candidate for father hood. I will cull him, but want to increase my flock in the spring the old fashioned way before he goes. I tried placing saddles on the hens but they don't always stay in place. At present I have the hens residing in the coop and run with the roosters sleeping in the run at night and free ranging during the day. So they are separated to give the hens time to heal. Don't want to build another coop but think my current set up won't last until March or April when one of my hens becomes broody. I guess I could just have goofy looking chickens! Ha HA! I have Buff Orpingtons. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You really need 10 hens for one roo. Just ask my 6 bald hens. Well they were bald but their feathers are coming back in nicely now. I moved my 2 boys to a roo coop. I currently have 4 pullets that are 4 months old. Next month I'm gonna cull a roo and let CockyMonkey back in with his girls.
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Are these young birds or adults? I would never keep a cock who injures hens; bad temperament breeds on. Two males and five females might work out, but usually not. If you can identify the abusive male, move him on. Adolescent cockrels might grow up to be more polite adults, or not; that's why I wondered about their ages. Mary
     
  4. edgreer2007

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    They are about 7 months. Started with a straight run of 16. Lost 3 early to illness, ate 3 roosters, lost 3 hens to a fox. wanting to replenish my flock with a few more hens before culling the handsome rooster. I guess I may need to consider a separate coop for the roosters as realistic solution until the hens go broody in the spring
     
  5. edgreer2007

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    The hens and roosters get along fine. I knew the mating was causing them to loose feathers, but didn't realize how much damage was being done until I checked them out. The hens and roosters huddle together on either side of the fence close now that they are separated. They never acted as if there was any injury to them
     

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