rooster help

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by alucard, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. alucard

    alucard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I posted earlier and I got some very kind response from u guys thanks a lot for that now I have got two very beautiful roosters in my coop which I raised straight from the incubator when they very babies to their teen I love them very much so yesterday I bought a pair of hen from the market one completely join their company while the other one is not liked by the roosters and they fight her and mount her so I kept her apart from them she would sit in a corner and not join the three guys what should I do i dont want to get rid of my roosters and I want her to be happy with them as my other hen is she has completely join the crew I also herd about this over bred thing which I didn't knew before I am so confused guys I don't know what to do as afar as the roosters are concerned they r like brother they never fight sorry for my bad english.
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    The proper ratio of rooster to hens is 1 roo to 8 to 10 hens. Any less and they can over mate the hens, hurting and injuring them badly. As time goes on, either of these two roosters will hurt this one hen. The other obviously is afraid of them already. More hens will allow her to be less afraid.

    So if you have the room, you need to add more hens to bring the ratio up. 8 to 10 hens for each boy. As long as the two boys don't fight, you should be able to keep all these birds together.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I agree with TwoCrows. Two roosters is too many for two hens. Really, one rooster is too many for two hens. You have a couple of options.

    1. Add more hens, so that each rooster has 8-10 hens of his own. This means you need at least 14 more hens.

    2. Separate the roosters from the hens. Many people successfully keep roosters in "bachelor pads", with no hens around. You could keep two separate flocks, one of roosters and one of hens.

    3. Get rid of one or both roosters. This may be the better option. But, if you don't want to get rid of them, try one of the other options.

    I hope this helps! Good luck with your birds.
     
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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    X2 on Two Crows' and Wyandottes7's advice. If you have limited space, I would get rid of at least one rooster. Otherwise, you could either get more hens, or keep the roosters together (separate from the hens.) Without hens to fight over, many roosters can live peacefully together.

    Good luck with them!
     

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