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Roosters fighting each other

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 16 paws, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. 16 paws

    16 paws Chillin' With My Peeps


    I have a question for anyone that keeps more than 1 roo.

    I have 3 roos and I have to keep them separate. They kind of grew up together but after a while they started fighting. I came home one day to find the 2 banty cochin roos all bloody. They are brothers and I thought they were going to fight till one died. My other roo is a polish. He fights both of them. It is funny because they are not aggressive to people at all, just each other.
    How do you guys keep your roos from fighting? Any hope for keeping them together someday?
    thanks for any advice...
     
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  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a question for anyone that keeps more than 1 roo.

    I have 3 roos and I have to keep them separate. They kind of grew up together but after a while they started fighting. I came home one day to find the 2 banty cochin roos all bloody. They are brothers and I thought they were going to fight till one died. My other roo is a polish. He fights both of them. It is funny because they are not aggressive to people at all, just each other.
    How do you guys keep your roos from fighting? Any hope for keeping them together someday?
    thanks for any advice...
    Super aggressive behavior like that will not stop...they'll continue until one DOES die. Unless you have a very large flock (8+) looks like the stew pot for two of them...would be for me anyways.
     
  3. thehackleguy

    thehackleguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    . It is funny because they are not aggressive to people at all, just each other.

    Actually this is perfectly normal, I've raised gamefowl for over 30 years and they will kill each other. I rarely have a rooster that is mean to people, infact if I do they become dinner quick. With 4 small children running around you can't have roosters that don't like people. I do keep all of my roosters separate, games, genetic hackle, even the kids silkie roosters it just keeps the peace. Free ranging will help sometimes with non-game chickes to stop fighting but not always.
     
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  4. 16 paws

    16 paws Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a pretty large flock, 15 hens and 3 roos. My polish is in the main coop, my avatar, with 12 hens, one of the bantam cochin roos has one hen with him and the other bantam cochin roo has two hens and some chicks in with him.
    I really want to keep everyone together.
    Marie
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I keep games with most experience of mine with them. They fight to finish.

    With other breeds that is far from typical and the scrapping can be managed or even prevented. Bloody heads does not mean death sentence although such scrapping should be watched especially when it is hot outside as death can come with heat exhaustion much faster than from simply fighting. If zero tolerance for occasional scraps then pen up combatants allowing only one to run with females at a time. In a free-range setting you can encourage females with attending roosters to break up into two or more flocks where each has an attending male.
     
  6. 16 paws

    16 paws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, that sounds good, I really dont mind if they scrap but I was thinking since I saw a lot of blood on them that they would fight till one was dead. Maybe if I watch them and let them free range with the hens they would be ok?
    I have the polish roo in a coop with 12 Lf. 1 bantie cochin roo in with 2 banty hens and their chicks and the other banty roo in with 1 bantam hen.
    How do I encourage them to stay with their own group?
    Thanks for your help
    Marie
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Multiple feeding stations each with its own loafing area. Even if no exclusive territories formed they can still have avoid each other. Separate roosting sites helps as well. More resources required for doing such. You can also use a chicken tractor or another coop to make so only one group is out at a time,


    Available area is important. If more birds than area can support then thinning flock is often the easiest option.
     
  8. Buffy0308

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    im also having trouble. I want to keep two roosters but mine always fight
     
  9. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I really don't like it when they fight, destroys the peace of the flock. I get rid of extra roosters if they don't get along.
     
  10. Folly's place

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    I don't have game birds, so my experience has been with large and bantam chickens of other breeds. The worst rooster fighting that I've had was between two bantam Cochin cocks! They were serious, it was hot outside, and I thought that heat stroke would kill them if the fighting didn't. I had plenty of hens, and free ranged the birds, and still no peace. I rehomed the bantam Cochins to solve the problem. You may want to have separate pens for the different groups, or get rid of someone. Mary
     

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