Roosters Fighting

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jennasix, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. jennasix

    jennasix Hatching

    Mar 19, 2013
    Sacramento, CA
    We have two beautiful roosters, who are not quite a year old. They have shared the yard with no problems, until today, when they seemed to be trying to kill each other. We would like to keep them both, as they are really beautiful birds, but we certainly don't want either bird to be injured. Can you offer advice on how to keep the peace?

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    Last edited: Mar 19, 2013

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Time to separate them or decide which one you will keep.
  3. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing 8 Years

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    No way to prevent it unless they sort it out themselves. Chickens bleed real easy, it doesn't take much of a fight to make it look serious. The question is how long are they fighting for, and how soon do they return to it? If it's chronic and consistent, they have not yet sorted out their differences. Sometimes they will, other times they won't.

    If they keep at it, you'll need to pen them up into their own "territory", or keep one penned while the other forages and rotate days, or find a home for one.

    It can be dangerous for either bird if you let them sort it out, entire combs ripped off or other damage to the eyes, waddles, etc. Or just consistent scabs being on the comb from small confrontations. It just depends on the boys involved.

    Be aware they can really beat themselves up between a fence as well. If you crate one for a day at ground level, the other may still instigate a fight through the cage wire. You'd want to block off any shared walls, or keep a crate off the ground where the other rooster can't get face time with the one locked up.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2013

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